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Amid the ruins of Hitler’s Germany, following the end of the Second World War, British forces occupied the northern part of what was to become West Germany. Between 1945 and 1949, thousands of British men and women were tasked with reconstructing the war-torn British Zone and rebuilding a democracy.
Join the National Army Museum’s Daniel Cowling at the launch of his new book, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans, and explore the untold story of the occupation years. He will examine the extensive efforts that went in to building bridges and schools, tracking down fugitives and eradicating Nazism.
First-hand accounts reveal what it was like for the civilian and military occupiers to navigate the corruption of post-war Europe and the rising tensions between the East and West.
Daniel Cowling is a Historian at the National Army Museum. He completed a PhD on the British occupation of Germany at the University of Cambridge. Daniel specialises in modern European history, with a particular interest in the Anglo-German relationship.