British Army of the Rhine

The BAOR, 1945–1993

Paul Chrystal

This is the first modern survey of BAOR's role in West Germany, 1945-1993. It examines BAOR's role in the Cold War facing off the Soviet threat, describes the BAOR garrisons and their strategic importance, outlines BAOR combat roles: artillery, infantry, armour and nuclear capabilities and considers BAOR family life on the Rhine.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Cold War 1945–1991
Illustration :
20 color & 80 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526728531
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The nervous geopolitical tension between East and West, the Cold War, emerged before the end of the Second World War and lasted until 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The British Army of the Rhine was born in 1945 out of the British Liberation Army at the close of the war as the military government of the British zone of occupied Germany. As the Soviet threat increased, so BAOR became less of an occupational army and assumed the role of defender of Western Europe, and as a major contributor to NATO after 1949.

This book traces and examines the changing role of BAOR from 1945 to its demise in the 1993 Options for Change defence cuts. It looks at the part it played in the defence of West Germany, its effectiveness as a Cold War deterrent, the garrisons and capabilities, logistics and infrastructure, its arms and armour, the nuclear option and the lives of the thousands of families living on the front line.

About The Author
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Paul Chrystal is the author of some seventy books published over the last decade, including recent publications such as Wars and Battles of the Roman Republic, Roman Military Disasters and Women and War in Ancient Greece and Rome. He is a regular contributor to history magazines, local and national newspapers and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and on BBC local radio throughout Yorkshire and in Teesside and Manchester. He writes extensively for several Pen & Sword military history series including ‘Cold War 1945–1991’, ‘A History of Terror’ and ‘Military Legacy’ (of British cities).

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