The Big Picture : Germany Today

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  • 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.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 13, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Part of the series The Big Picture.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • 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)
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