In this classic episode of the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, the program checks in with the status of citizens in West Germany. This documentary from the National Archives and Records Administration shows how West Germany remains democratic after the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces defeated the German war machine. The video points out that no other force in military history has done so much to put a conquered nation back on its feet as the United States Army.
Intro: The Big Picture: Germany Today (0:59) -- Millions Scrabble to Exist (1:58) -- Soviet Occupation of Germany (1:55) -- Commitment to Democracy (2:06) -- Instrument of Oppression (1:08) -- Reconstruction of West Germany (2:11) -- Goodwill Ambassadors (2:45) -- Divided Berlin (2:37) -- Protecting a Nation (1:56) -- 7th Army in Europe (2:27) -- Growth and Prosperity (2:30) -- Presidential Visit (2:54) -- Freedom Bell (2:16) -- Credits: The Big Picture: Germany Today (0:26)
The information below has been drawn from sources outside of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. In most instances, the information will be from sources that have not been peer reviewed by scholarly or research communities. Please report cases in which the information is inaccurate through the Contact Us link below.