By John W. Lemza

On April 28, 1946, a small team of yankee better halves and youngsters arrived on the port of Bremerhaven, West Germany, the 1st of millions of army family to make the trans–Atlantic trip. They have been the foundation of a community of army communities—“Little Americas”—that may unfold around the postwar German panorama. in the course of a 45-year interval which incorporated a few of the chilly War’s tensest moments, their presence proven America’s get to the bottom of to keep up Western democracy within the face of the Soviet threat.
Drawing on archival resources and private narratives, this ebook explores those enclaves of Americanism, from the U.S. government's standpoint to the grassroots view of these who made their houses in chilly battle Europe. those households confronted many demanding situations in balancing their army missions with their day-by-day lives in the course of a interval of dynamic international swap. the writer describes interplay in American groups that have been occasionally separated, occasionally attached with their German neighbors.

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