Every character is human, unlike your slavic foes (at least according to Nazi propaganda). This means every character begins with a single bonus edge, subject to normal restrictions.
You are a soldier of the German army. That being said, you are not automatically German. Among the easiest other nationalities to justify are Austrian (essentially German since the anschluss), or an ethnic German from Poland, Czechoslovakia, Alsace, or another conquered territory. One player may play as a Ukrainian partisan or captured Soviet fighting against Stalin’s union. Even within Germany, there are differences between Prussia, Bavaria, and other regions.
The players are all soldiers in the Heer, the regular army (see Military Primer). The Fallschirmjäger and other Luftwaffe ground troops saw very limited service on the Eastern Front at this time.
All players are newly enlisted men, fresh from boot camp. Their rank is Oberschutze. However, up to one character may be a junior officer (Leutnant ) and up to one may represent a junior NCO (Unterfeldwebel). At least one character must be an officer of NCO.
Know a little bit about your character before they became a soldier. Where did they work or want to work? How do they feel about Hitler, the Nazi party, and the war? Are they religious? Did they volunteer, or were they drafted? Where are their family?
This is a useful resource for naming your character.