What did the US want to happen in Germany at the end of World War 2?
What occured after WWI was that the German people felt that the
loss of the war was the result of politicians and high level
military personnel, along with the Jews, back stabbing the people
by attempting to come to a surrender agreement before the military
lost the war. Also, the Treaty of Versailles imposed harsh
restrictions and reprerations on Germany and it's military.
Government became non-functioning because of it's incredible
fragmentation of political parties. Economic inflation reached a
point where money was essentialy useless, and housewives would use
it to literally start fires. No assistance of any kind was given to
help rebuild or repair their economic, political and social
infrastructure. It was very unstable and volitile. After WWII, it
was critical to show the people that their military was completely
defeated and no win was possible. Secondly, harsh penalties were
avoided to keep the German people from resorting to extremist
political groups for direction. Germany was thus spilt into 4
states controlled by the US, UK, France and USSR. The goal of the
US, in short, was to create a new political system and gradually
allow Germany a military. Also, to assist in the rebuiling of their
economic infrastructure and to help rebuild their country after 6
years of a very destructive war, so that one day Germany would be a
self-governing and stable state.