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Logistics Matters and the U.S. Army in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949


About this book


This book examines the US Army’s presence in Germany after the Nazi regime’s capitulation in May 1945. This presence required the pursuit of two stated missions: to secure German borders, and to establish an occupation government within the assigned US zone and sector of Berlin.  Both missions required logistics support, a critical aspect often understated in existing scholarship.  The security mission, covered by the combat troops, declined between 1945 and 1948, but grew again with the Berlin Blockade/Airlift in 1948, and then again with the Korean crisis in 1950.  The logistics mission grew exponentially to support this security mission, as the US Army was the only US Government agency possessing the ability and resources to initially support the occupation mission in Germany. The build-up of ‘Little Americas’ during the occupation years stood forward-deployed US military forces in Europe in good stead over the ensuing decades.


Second World War West Germany Cold War Twentieth century History of conflict

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LeavenworthUSA

About the authors

Lee Kruger returned to academia after retiring from the US Army following over thirty years of military service, with almost twenty of those years in Europe (primarily Germany), having served as a Foreign Area Officer and logistician.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Logistics Matters and the U.S. Army in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949
  • Authors Lee Kruger
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-38835-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81759-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-38836-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXIX, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Modern Europe
    US History
    History of Military
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“Kruger has written a very welcome study on a topic that was of enormous importance in early post-war German and European history. ... Kruger’s book is a welcome addition to the still growing body of literature on the Allied occupation of Germany; as such it is essential reading to those studying this fascinating period in European history.” (Martijn Lak, European History Quarterly, Vol. 48 (1), 2018)