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The Big Picture - U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG)

CREATED BY Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984 ) USE RESTRICTIONS NOTE: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property right restrictions. ONLINE RESOURCES: NOTE: A DVD of this film can be ordered from our partner, A DVD of this film is ALSO available for viewing and copying free of charge in the NARA Research Room in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. The original release sheet reads: "You are the first soldiers of the new German Army. The German people now belong to a partnership of the free nations of the world. Without this mutual cooperation between all free nations, the defense of one nation would be impossible." So spoke Dr. Konrad Adenauer at the opening of Germany's new military defense system. In the time which has passed since the contingent of 1000 recruits arrived in 1956, the new German Army has grown to a well-trained, well-equipped force of 175,000 men. The fact that they are both well-trained and well-equipped is due in no small part to the few hundred specialists attached to the staff of the United States Military Assistance Advisory groups, or MAAG. This week's THE BIG PICTURE is the story of MAAG's efforts in helping to create a powerful allied force from the ruins of a war-torn land. In doing so, it also produced a strong camaraderie between the men of this organization and their American advisors. The United States, in its own interest -- and other free nations in their interest -- have joined a system of collective security in which the efforts of each nation sustains all. The German people, who have experienced tyranny at first hand, can be expected to remain a keystone of that system. LOCAL IDENTIFIER: 111-TV-424
Length: 02:09


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