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The New German Army

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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 Ge [...]
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1956
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Why NATO

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "The story of NATO -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As shown in this episode, the United States as a founding member of this vital international body, has demonstrated to the world the importance we place on the closest association between the members of the Atlantic community. Throughout history, nations have sought through treaties and alliances with other nations, to maintain their security and remain free from attack. But not until the twentieth century did the concept of national security become worldwide in its scope. World Wars I and II and the Korean War proved beyond any doubt that when one free nation anywhere is threatened by aggression, the safety of all free nations is ultimately at stake. Dram [...]
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1957
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Operation Readiness

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "As the Berlin crisis reached a climax during the summer of 1961, President Kennedy, in a televised address to the nation, explained the significance of the situation in that divided city. This week's episode is a graphic portrayal of the steps this nation is taking to bring our armed forces to an advanced stage of readiness."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1961
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Road to the Wall

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "Some walk ... some ride ... some are born on the way ... many will die along the "Road to the Wall." From St. Petersburg, Russia in 1905 to Berlin and Cuba today, this week's episode tells the startling and ominous history of Soviet Communism and its increase during the past half-century."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1962
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The Third Challenges

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "The world has long been familiar with two military challenges posed by the forces of world communism - the challenge of nuclear war and the challenge of large-scale conventional war. The United States and the free world meet these challenges by maintaining the ability to fight both kinds of war-an ability so powerful it has deterred Communists from starting either kind. Today, we are seeing with increasing frequency evidence of another technique the Communists use whenever they consider the occasion appropriate ... the technique of unconventional warfare -- "The Third Challenge." This challenge involves conspiracy, underground organization and terror. It encourages guerrilla warfare and avoids open conflict and risk [...]
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1962
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Pentagon Report

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "'Pentagon Report' gives the ABCs of a year of crisis in Asia, Berlin, and Cuba. It tells how our Armed Forces meet every challenge and how Communism's guerrilla wars are being combated by counterinsurgency - a major development of the year. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara personally reports on progress in carrying out the President's program for defense of the free world and the President himself pays tribute to all who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps in his 1963 Message to Congress."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1962
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NATO: The Changed Face of Europe

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Background, origins, and purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.
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1950; 1975
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Army in Action - Years of Menace

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the combat readiness of the United States Army had to be one of great versatility. Along with the rest of our military establishment, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, the Army served as a potent part of a massive deterring force to prevent the big Cold War from suddenly becoming a big hot nuclear war."--Transcript.
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1961; 1975