Prior to the Great War, Germantown was a town place in Montgomery County, Maryland, Columbia Commonwealth. Some time in late July 2052, the Pint-Sized Slasher committed the Linden Street slayings in Germantown. The Capitol Post writer Walter Munroe wrote a top story regarding the incident. Munroe quoted the then-Police Chief Joseph Field, and the sole survivor Christopher Atkinson, who watched his brother Shaun be murdered in front of him. On the evening of October 22nd, a unit of the National Catastrophe Relief Auxiliary was mobilized and deployed to Germantown where they set up evacuation and disaster relief camp. Although no official cause was given for the mobilization, rumors soon spread that the United States faced imminent Chinese attack. On Saturday, October 23rd, the Great War erupted, and Washington, D.C. was struck with several nuclear bombs.
Located some distance from Washington, Germantown escaped immediate destruction by the bombs and became a local center for the relief efforts of the NCRA. As society collapsed and panic set in, widespread looting occurred in Germantown and the situation was only brought under control when National Guard units from Pennsylvania arrived in town, much to the relief of the presiding officer of the local NCRA unit.
As the situation continued to deteriorate and medical supplies began to run out, the NCRA could do little for the many patients and evacuees. At some point the NCRA unit, weakened by desertions and deaths among its personnel, disintegrated and ceased to exist as did the rest of American society.
Germantown is located directly west of the ruined town of Minefield and north of the Hallowed Moors Cemetery. The town is comprised of several ruined houses and the only intact buildings are the Germantown police HQ and the NCRA disaster relief camp.
Germantown appears only in Fallout 3.