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Establishing The Bundesmarine: The Convergence Of Central Planning And Pre-Existing Maritime Organizations, 1950–1956

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The outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 proved pivotal to the ongoing debate within the western camp about German remilitarization. The deliberations and negotiations leading to West Germany's accession to NATO and the creation of the Bundeswehr proved far more protracted and difficult than any of the participants envisioned in early 1951. The convergence of the materiel and manpower of the periphery with the leadership and planning of the center in 1955-56 enabled West Germany to organize naval forces rapidly once the diplomatic frame work for the Bundesmarine had been established. The West German Bundesmarine showed none of the direct organizational continuity that characterized the shift from People's Police-Sea to Volks- marine in East Germany, but the Bundesmarine owed much to the multiple maritime organizations that preceded it.

Keywords: Bundesmarine; Germany; maritime organizations



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