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The British Army of the Rhine: Turning Nazi Enemies into Cold War Partners

Peter Speiser

Abstract

Between 1945 and 1957, West Germany made a dizzying pivot from Nazi bastion to Britain's Cold War ally against the Soviet Union. Successive London governments, though often faced with bitter public and military opposition, tasked the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) to serve as a protecting force while strengthening West German integration into the Western defense structure. This book charts the BAOR's fraught transformation from occupier to ally by looking at the charged nexus where British troops and their families interacted with Germany's civilian population. Examining the relationship on ... More

Keywords: Cold War, British Army of the Rhine, Western defense, BAOR troops, soldiers, civilians, British services, occupying powers, Anglo-German relations, European integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040160
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040160.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Speiser, author
University of Westminster