On this day in 1955

The US Army Center of Military History posted a reminder this morning that today marks the 62nd anniversary of the end of the military occupation of Germany. Ten years after the end of the Second World War, the Federal Republic of Germany (which had been formed in 1949 from the territories occupied by the western powers) became a sovereign state, a full-fledged member of NATO, and was authorized to rebuild its military as a new and important ally of its former enemies. Foreign military bases remained on German soil by special arrangements between the Bonn government Great Britain, France, Canada, and especially the United States. While most of these bases are now closed, dozens remain and are targeted for closure within the decade.

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