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The Service Staffs’ Struggle Over Structure. The Bundeswehr’s Internal Debates On Adopting NATO Doctrine 1950–1963

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Few other NATO armed forces in the Cold War were as strongly committed to the concept of integration, as was the Bundeswehr. It is important to note that in the very beginning of the discussion about a West German military contribution, its prospective founders laid out the integration principle in its founding document. The experience of the Second World War was a collective experience so strong that Germans simply called it "the war". The papers of the military planning groups in Bonn in this period reveal that all the military planners wanted to see the Bundeswehr develop as an integrated force. Yet the command staffs of the three services held very different visions of how the Bundeswehr could reach this goal. The discussions among the service staff s in the autumn of 1959 reflected clearly the divergent concepts that the branches' leaders advocated.

Keywords: Bundeswehr; German; NATO



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