Accession Number:

ADA523895

Title:

Lessons from the Past for NATO

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

In some respects it does not appear that NATO, nor the US Army, has taken full advantage of the Wehrmachts experience in confronting large Soviet forces during World War II. That, in a nutshell, is the inference that may be drawn from the recent reflections at the US Army War College of several high-ranking German officers who served in the Wehrmacht and had the occasion to observe NATOs military forces, in some cases as officers of the Bundeswehr. The key to the Wehrmachts success was responsiveness-they were able to make good decisions and execute them rapidly. Several factors are responsible for the Wehrmachts ability to do so, some of which are applicable to NATO today. But to understand the German war machines superb defense of the Eastern Front, one must understand the context it will be useful, the, to consider first some of the characteristics of the Red Army in the middle years of World War II.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE