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The Himmerod Memorandum And The Beginning Of West German Security Policy

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The Himmerod Memorandum stands as the "Magna Charta" of the armed forces (Bundeswehr) of the Federal Republic of Germany. A mission of the conference had already been assigned to the participants. Yet neither the conference nor the Memorandum marks the real beginning of West German security policy. It is important to note that even before the Korea confl ct provoked an international strategic reassessment, the institutional apparatus to create a security policy was already being prepared in the Federal Republic. Recommendations for unit organization and equipment procurement of the West German armed forces are based on the assessment that the German contribution will consist mainly of land forces. The weak NATO naval forces in the Baltic must be reinforced by a German naval contingent.

Keywords: armed forces; Himmerod Memorandum; NATO; West German security policy



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