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Two Armies and One Fatherland: The End of the <i>Nationale Volksarmee</i>

Two Armies and One Fatherland: The End of the Nationale Volksarmee (Hardback)

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In October 1990 West German general Jorg Schonbohm and a small team of experts moved into the headquarters of the former East German army to effect the unprecedented: the takeover, in peacetime and without the firing of a single shot, of a well-equiped army that had been the Bundeswehr's main enemy only a few months earlier. What Schonbohm discovered and recorded in a diary was almost incredible: plans to conquer West Germany's major cities; blueprints for a surprise attack on West Berlin through the city's subways and sewer systems; papers documenting the planned use of chemical weapons. But there were also the more mundane problems of what to do with those 100,000 men whom the end of the Cold War had made superfluous. It is through accounts like this one that we are reminded of how dangerous a world we all lived in between 1945 and the fall of Communism.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated Publication Date: 01/01/1996 ISBN-13: 9781571810694  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jorg Schonbohm, General staff training at the Bundeswehr Fuhrungsakademie; from 1978 with the Ministry of Defense in Bonn before being put in charge of the new Bundeswehr CommandEast in 1990. Having served as Inspector of the Army in 1991 he assumed the position of Staatssekretar in the Ministry of Defense a year later.

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