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Handbook for Military Government in Germany.
Bushy Park, London: SHAEF (printed by H[azell] W[atson] & V[iney]), December,, 1944. Octavo. Hole-punched and cord tied in the original pale grey-green cloth-backed printed boards.A little wear to extremities, a handful of leaves a little ragged at fore-edge otherwise in remarkably good condition. Contemporary ownership inscription on front cover of Captain G. B. Youard. Educated at Charterhouse, Youard served as Director, Food and Agriculture Dept., North Rhine-Westphalia, and later worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF). First edition of this key document in the denazification of Germany, highly uncommon, published in December 1944 in an edition of 6, 000 copies; a high-level draft version circulated in the autumn of 1944 was considered too lenient toward Germany, Roosevelt describing it in a memo as "pretty bad" (Dobbins et al, p.20).Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, one of Roosevelt's closest advisers, was at pains to make sure that the Handbook was more attuned to his own and the President's thinking: "The new Handbook reflected elements of the Morgenthau approach by concentrating on punitive measures" (Goedde, p. 233). The Morgenthau Plan for dealing with postwar Germany, announced in September 1944, "proposed the complete demilitarization of Germany, including dismantling of industrial plants and granting of East Prussia, the Saarland, and Silesia to neighbouring states and internationalization of the Ruhr basin. The remainder of Germany was to be divided into two agricultural states. The highly controversial plan was initialed a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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