American Military Communities in West Germany: Life in the Cold War Badlands, 1945-1990

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On April 28, 1946, a small group of American wives and children arrived at the port of Bremerhaven, West Germany, the first of thousands of military family members to make the trans-Atlantic journey. They were the basis of a network of military communities--"Little Americas"--that would spread across the postwar German landscape. During a 45-year period which included some of the Cold War's tensest moments, their presence confirmed America's resolve to maintain Western democracy in the face of the Soviet threat.
Drawing on archival sources and personal narratives, this book explores these enclaves of Americanism, from the U.S. government's perspective to the grassroots view of those who made their homes in Cold War Europe. These families faced many challenges in balancing their military missions with their daily lives during a period of dynamic global change. The author describes interaction in American communities that were sometimes separated, sometimes connected with their German neighbors.

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John W. Lemza, Ph.D., retired after serving more than 20 years in military service including eight years abroad in Europe and Asia. His research interests are Post-1945 American cultural, social and political history. He lives in Midlothian, Virginia.

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"Lemza presents an engaging account of US military personnel, civilians, and their families as they lived in West Germany during the Cold War. One of the monograph's strengths is the prodigious research that it evidences...a useful and stimulating work. Highly recommended" --Choice

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