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Document Exploitation After WW II: The Potsdam Archive—Sorting Through 19 Linear Miles of German Records

Document Exploitation After WW II: The Potsdam Archive—Sorting Through 19 Linear Miles of German Records

Gerhardt B.Thamm

During the occupation of Germany in spring 1945, Soviet, British, and American forces overran and captured not only large numbers of German soldiers and war materiel such as aircraft, vehicles, factories, replacement parts, and oil supplies, but also document archives. One such archive in Potsdam, southwest of but very close to Berlin, held “19 linear miles” of German military intelligence and German army personnel files. One of the US soldiers who exploited these files, Gerhardt Thamm, tells his personal story about the effort here.

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Posted: May 01, 2014 01:49 PM
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