TAMU Homepage TAMU Libraries Homepage TAMU Digital Library Homepage

The Disarmament School: US Policy for the Disarmament and Demobilization of the Germany Army, November-December 1944

Show full item record

Title: The Disarmament School: US Policy for the Disarmament and Demobilization of the Germany Army, November-December 1944
Author: Wilkerson, Joseph Jr
Abstract: World War II was waged on an unprecedented scale, and the peace which followed was equally unprecedented. The Allies did more than simply call for an armistice; they made their goal the complete destruction of the German Wehrmacht and the German Military Tradition. This demilitarization of Germany was the chief goal of victory and means of ensuring lasting peace in Europe. In November and December of 1944, the US Army hosted the Disarmament School, a series of lectures by experts in the field of demilitarization planning. Based in London, these lectures familiarized US staff officers with the history of planning for the disarmament, demobilization, and final disposal of the Wehrmacht, as well as the current state of those plans. By accessing the transcripts of these lectures as well as original documents and memoranda of US post-hostilities planning staffs, I demonstrate that these groups at the SHAEF and USGCC levels were caught between the need for post-war security and the call for unconditional surrender as they planned for the control and disposal of the doomed German military machine. Though much would change between the time of the Disarmament School and the final defeat of Nazi Germany, the lectures of the Disarmament School nonetheless provide a valuable insight into the assumptions upon which Allied planning rested during a crucial stage of the war in Europe.
Subject: Sumner Welles
SHAEF
US Army
German General Staff
Europe
Disarmament
Germany
Wehrmacht
WW2
WWII
World War II
Nazi
Hitler
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/88022
Date: 2009-08-11

Citation

Wilkerson, Joseph Jr (2009). The Disarmament School: US Policy for the Disarmament and Demobilization of the Germany Army, November-December 1944. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /88022.

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Wilkerson_Approved_Thesis.pdf 214.0Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

 
-