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American Assistance To The New German Army And Luftwaffe

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This chapter aims to examine the political, technical, and personnel problems in the creation of the Bundeswehr between 1950-58 and the role the U.S. Army and Air Force played in assisting the formation of their German counterparts. The study that came out of the Himmerod conference served as a basis for planning new German armed forces, armed forces that would be formed and conceived only in full cooperation with the Western Allies. A key factor in the U.S. support for German rearmament was the heavy burden that the U.S. faced in defending Europe as Cold War tensions increased. Yet another factor that favored U.S. support for the rearmament of Germany - and not an inconsiderable one - was the relationship that the U.S. Army had formed with its erstwhile Wehrmacht enemies.

Keywords: American Assistance; Bundeswehr; German Army; Himmerod conference; Luftwaffe

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