Accession Number:

ADA467412

Title:

Pro Patria: Limits to Military Obedience and Soldierly Honor in Modern Continental Europe: Case Studies from Polish and German Military History

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

95.0

Abstract:

The present study analyzes cases when, officers considered themselves relieved of their duty as soldiers in favor of adhering either to what they believed was a higher loyalty and professional purposes or to their own personal interpretation of such values as honor, obedience, responsibility, discipline, integrity, and political neutrality. What are the limits of obedience for a military officer The soldiers of Poland and Germany have served their nation and various regimes in modern history. The changes in those regimes have not been without effect on the professional self-images of those professional officers. How can the ideals of national loyalty and loyalty to individual conscience in the face of an unjust regime be reconciled with the dictates of democratic civil military relations and with the need to anchor the soldier in a constitutional system Can one, at the same time, from a different political perspective, be both a hero and a traitor What are the similarities and differences between the moral aspects of being an officer along with an officers professionalism in the more narrow perspective of early and mid-20th century The present study treats the matter of soldierly loyalty, military command and obedience and the transition

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE