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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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“How the Army of a Democratic Nation Should Behave”

“How the Army of a Democratic Nation Should Behave”

The British Administration and the BAOR

(p.125) Chapter 5 “How the Army of a Democratic Nation Should Behave”
The British Army of the Rhine

Peter Speiser

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates the attempts by the administration in London and on the ground in Germany to influence the BAOR and use it as a tool to tie the Federal Republic into the Western system of defense. These include the use of the BAOR to strengthen the Konrad Adenauer government, to promote British values, and to control Germany at a time of increasing independence of the young Federal Republic. To a larger extent, it also involves mitigating problems created by the presence of the BAOR. The chapter also explores the crucial period of the mid-1950s, when German sovereignty fundamentally changed both Anglo-German relations in general along with the position of the BAOR in Germany.

Keywords:   BAOR, London administration, Federal Germany, Western defense, Konrad Adenauer government, British values, Anglo-German relations

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