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No Sense in Dwelling on the Past?

By Ryan Shaughnessy 2nd Lt.

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Book Id: WPLBN0002170308
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Title: No Sense in Dwelling on the Past?  
Author: Ryan Shaughnessy 2nd Lt.
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc., World War II
Collections: History, Authors Community, Military Science, Recreation, Naval Science, Economics, Education, Literature, Economy, Language, Social Sciences
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

Description
This book examines the German air force (GAF) monograph project, also known as the Karlsruhe project, through which the US Air Force employed former Luftwaffe generals to record the history of World War II from the German perspective.

Table of Contents
1 AN OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN WORLD WAR II OFFICIAL MILITARY HISTORY PROJECTS . . . .1 The von Rohden Project (1945–47) . . . . . . . 4 The Naval Historical Team, Bremerhaven (1949–52) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The US Army’s German Military History Program (1945–61) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 2 CHRONOLOGY OF THE KARLSRUHE PROJECT (1952–69) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Stepchild of the Army’s History Program . . . 18 Topic Selection and the Prioritization of Soviet Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Assignment of Key Personnel and Early Research Obstacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Documentary Sources Become Available, 1954 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Personnel Issues Arising from the Late Start of the Karlsruhe Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 A Second Full-Time USAF Employee Comes Aboard, 1955 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Final Phase: 10 Years, One Editor, and 40 Drafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 3 THE “UNFORESEEN BY-PRODUCT”: TOWARDS A NEW WEST GERMAN–AMERICAN AIR FORCE RELATIONSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Demilitarization, the “Economic Miracle,” and Historical Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 West German Rearmament . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Effects on the NATO Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . 52 A Historical Program Director as Air Attaché . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The West German Officer Education System Takes Shape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 The USAF Extends the Project at the Request of the Bundesluftwaffe, 1957 . . . . . . . . . 58 Relational Rearmament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 4 INSULATED BUT IGNORED: THE MUTED AIR FORCE RESPONSE TO THE KARLSRUHE PROJECT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 The Influence of Rapid Technological Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 The Era of Air Force Dominance and Doctrinal Stagnation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Delays Contribute to Loss of Air Force Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 The Karlsruhe Project’s View of Its Own Role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Avoiding the Pitfalls of Army History . . . . . . 82 Vietnam Parallels: “Lessons” Lost? . . . . . . .86 Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion . . . . . . . 90 5 CONCLUSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

 

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