Morale Matters

Morale Matters

In 1951 General Dwight David Eisenhower was tasked with the nearly overwhelming challenge of rallying the European democracies to the need for a common defense force – NATO – to counter the threat of the Soviet Union and its 175 Division Red Army. The mood in the European capitals was one of deep pessimism. Having seen two world wars on their continent in three decades, having suffered death and destruction on a massive scale, facing home populations with deep distrust and antagonisms toward their neighbors – especially Germany – the situation was not promising for the necessary cooperation and effort to confront the Soviet menace.

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