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The British Army of the RhineTurning Nazi Enemies into Cold War Partners$
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Peter Speiser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040160

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040160.001.0001

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The Soldiers, the Airmen, and the Germans

The Soldiers, the Airmen, and the Germans

Military Strategies to Improve Relations with the German Population

(p.99) Chapter 4 The Soldiers, the Airmen, and the Germans
The British Army of the Rhine

Peter Speiser

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes the BAOR's own attempts to adapt to the changing nature of Anglo-German relations between 1948 and 1957. This involves constraints caused by the organizational structure of the British armed services in Germany, the impact of service accommodation on levels of contacts, official attempts by military units to improve relations in local towns, and the experiences of individual officers and ranks. Secondary source material on the official relationship between the British army and the Germans is limited and so far covers only the period immediately following the German surrender in May 1945. Nonetheless, most of the recollections of servicemen in Germany during the 1940s and 1950s tend to focus on army life rather than on the contacts made with the local German population.

Keywords:   BAOR, Anglo-German relations, British armed services, local Germans, service accommodation, German surrender

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