By James S. Corum
This ebook is meant to function a complicated path textual content for college kids learning the chilly battle. The rearmament of either Germanies within the overdue 1940s-early Fifties used to be one of many defining moments of the chilly warfare. The query of rearming Germany turned some of the most tough questions confronted by way of the Western Allies after international battle II. inside of West Germany there has been additionally a substantial debate to whether Germany should rearm in any respect. as soon as the choice to rearm was once made, the Germans and Western Allies bumped into the entire useful difficulties of figuring out no matter if Germany may subscribe to NATO, what position the Germans might play within the Alliance, how Germany will be armed and the shape the military may play in German society.
A crew of specialist authors have tested all of those middle questions intimately. An research of the origins of reamament in East Germany is additionally supplied. With this booklet a reader will achieve a radical realizing of the complicated concerns that confronted the West from 1945-1957.
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In the face of superior Soviet numbers, Western efforts are insufficient. An “integrated operations plan” for the defense of Western Europe is necessary. The goal of such a plan would be to defend Western Europe as far eastwards as possible, to make the defense as mobile as possible and aggressive as possible, and to be ready to push the fight into East Germany. It will take two years for Germany to build such a capable defense force. In the meantime, the nuclear superiority of the United States will make a Soviet attack unlikely.
12 German Internal Attitudes Towards Rearmament While the West Germans enjoyed strong support for rearmament efforts from the Western Powers, especially from the United States and Britain, there was considerable internal opposition to rearmament. After the devastating experience of the World War, most Germans were skeptical about rearmament and suspicious of their own armed forces as a national institution. While the Christian Democrats and Free Democrats were cautiously supportive of building a new German armed forces, most of the Social Democrats disapproved of rearmament.
When the Bundeswehr was formed in 1955 it lacked a logistics system, the turnover of Allied equipment was in a bureaucratic muddle, and there was a shortage of barracks and facilities for the new soldiers. Von Bonin had reproduced the greatest faults of the Wehrmacht general staff—he had ignored grand strategy (the centrality of coordinating efforts with NATO), given logistics a low priority, and concentrated on developing operational thinking and excellence to the highest degree. The problem was, the most brilliant defense concepts are 16 See Dr.