The Long Patrol : The British in Germany since 1945

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The Long Patrol : The British in Germany since 1945

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 272 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781840187151
  • DDC分類 943.0874092241

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When the Allies occupied Germany at the end of World War II, there were two million men present to witness the devastating end of the Third Reich. Few of them could have imagined just how long this occupation was going to last - right up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and well into its aftermath. Today, some 17,000 British troops remain in Germany. But over the past four and a half decades, tens of thousands of British men and women have lived and worked in the British Zone as members of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR); some for relatively short periods, many for much longer. Long enough, though, for the experience to have a profound effect on their lives and on their attitudes. "The Long Patrol" reveals what life has really been like in the British Zone for those men and women and their families. As the post-war worlds of Britain and Germany had little in common, they had to find their own identity, often suspended between the two. And what did the Germans make of the British? How did they react when whole streets, sometimes whole districts, were requisitioned and occupied? What were the psychological effects of a foreign army taking over the barracks of what had been, until so recently, the homes of the warriors of the 1000 Year Reich? Eventually the British became more and more insulated against the culture around them, building their own camps, their own cinemas. In major centres like Berlin they lived a separate life whilst all around them Germany got on with the massive task of reconstruction. In the background there lurked the ever-present spectre of a possible World War III. Based largely on interviews and information culled from personal diaries and letters, "The Long Patrol" is primarily an oral history of the British in Germany. It also analyses and interprets experiences in an attempt to begin to make sense of an unusual, and still significant, part of British history in the 20th century. Funny, tragic, bizarre and poignant in equal parts, the book makes a contribution to the social history of post-war Britain and Germany. It provides a unique account of the experiences of those who lived on the front line in Germany throughout the Cold War.

Table of Contents

A Brief Guide to Army Organisation                 9  (2)
Army Ranks 11 (1)
Glossary & List of Abbreviations 12 (1)
Introduction 13 (210)
1. Stunde Null 27 (25)
2. 'Please Throw Sandwiches' 52 (17)
3. Living with Herman 69 (20)
4. A Woman's Touch 89 (26)
5. Der Britische Kinder 115(20)
6. Berlin I: City of Ghosts 135(28)
7. Berlin II: Spandau 163(16)
8. 'Every Night Something Awful' 179(24)
9. Off-Duty 203(20)
10. The Brass 223(13)
11. New Century, New Army 236(23)
Notes 259(4)
Bibliography 263(2)
Timeline 265(6)
Websites 271