Former Nazi Officers in the Near East: German Military Advisors in Syria, 1949–56

  title={Former Nazi Officers in the Near East: German Military Advisors in Syria, 1949–56},
  author={Chern Chen},
  journal={The International History Review},
  pages={732 - 751}
  • Chern Chen
  • Published 31 August 2017
  • Political Science
  • The International History Review
ABSTRACT In the early days of the Cold War, Syria was the first Arab country where former officers of the German Wehrmacht played an active role as military advisors. This was due, in part, to the fact that Germany was not burdened by its past political relations to Arab states for, in contrast to the Western powers, Germany which had never had territorial ambitions in the Near East. Even in the very early stages, German advisors contributed considerably to the development of Syria's armed… 


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