One Germany - A New Soviet Strategy?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The course of post-World War II history has marched us defiantly towards the dramatic, perhaps traumatic series of events which unfold almost daily before our disbelieving eyes. Seemingly hard-line communist countries, even in the Soviet Union itself, are showing the signs of strain-cracks in the thin veneer of totalitarianism. Such tremendous and unanticipated change cannot help but resurrect a whole host of unsettled issues, many of which have lain buried in the political rubble created by the Second World War. To the surprise of no one, the German question is the piece de resistance of all these issues, for Germany divided sits at the very core of modern East-West confrontation. In this time of awakening from the oppression of traditional Sovietism, the Federal Republic of Germany FRG and the German Democratic Republic GDR will capitalize on their renewed commonalities and reunite into one, single, sovereign state. They will do so soon, and it is in the interest of the Soviet Union and the Western powers to let it happen. This paper examines this issue from the Soviet strategic culture aspect and provides a vector for the American and NATO response. Keywords Military publications.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics