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Jay Lockenour details how former officers in West Germany founded quasi-legal organizations with memberships numbering in the hundreds of thousands; how they lobbied the German and Allied governments for their pensions, waged public relations campaigns to restore their lost "honor," and sought input into the rearmament plan after 1950; and how, as officers, they claimed to speak with the "voice of the soldier" whose wartime experiences and sacrifices earned him a special place in the new republic.
In Lockenour's analysis, the officer corps provides an enlightening example of a social group, ravaged by war and defeat, trying to orient itself in a hostile world. In their alternative model for democracy based on "soldierly" values, they also give us a clearer, more complex understanding of postwar history.
Jay Lockenour is an assistant professor of history at Temple University
|1||"Pushed Aside, Persecuted, Prosecuted": Organizational Efforts, 1945-1951||11|
|2||Creating Soldiers' Opinion: The Verband Deutscher Soldaten||33|
|3||Service to the Volk: Traditions and the Lessons of Captivity||63|
|4||Unpolitical Soldiers: Veterans, Politicians, and Military Reform||93|
|5||A European Fatherland? Anticommunism and European Defense||125|
|6||The Rift in Our Ranks: 20 July 1944||153|