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The New German Army

Adenauer, Konrad; United States. Department of the Army; United States. Army Pictorial Center
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.
"Appearing in the film is West German chancellor, Dr. Konrad Adenauer. In flashback form, using captured German film of World War II vintage, this chapter traces the rise of the German nation, from the bitter depression days of the 1930s, through the rise of the Nazi party to the infamous "Blitzkrieg" of Sept. 31, 1939 - the invasion of Poland. In striking fashion, the producers of the program summarize, pictorially, the forces which led to the ultimate downfall of Germany as a world power. The postwar partition of Germany is shown, and viewers are shown the famed, "Berlin Airlift" of 1949. An important plank in the founding platform of the NATO nations is the creation of a German Army. The addition of a free West German force will bolster the ranks of NATO nations in their unified stand against aggression. The American Army was assigned the important task of training the nucleus of this "new" German Army. No relation to the earlier German "Wehrmacht," this German Army will serve as a home guard, protecting free Germans from border violations from the East. Finally, the cameras swing to the U.S. where visiting Germans get the know-how to take back home. They have come to the very best instructors in military projects -- American Army officers and men, shown in this program, at the task of training the leaders of 'The New German Army.'"--National Archives and Records Administration.
Release Date
1956
Run Time
28 min.
Language
English
Series
Big Picture
American History in Video
Series Statement
Big picture ; episode 340
Published
Washington D.C. : Army Pictorial Service, 1956.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (28 min.).
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