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Tales From the Cold War: The U.S. Army in West Germany, 1960 to 1975 chronicles the experiences of Michael D. Mahler. He recounts his sojourns in Germany not too long after World War II ended and the Allies occupied the western regions of Germany, but before the Berlin Wall was torn down. He shares part of his military career, starting from when he entered the army to his deployments in Germany – of which there were three – and how each differed. Tensions with the Eastern Bloc reveal how delicate the situation was and the challenges he faced as other U.S. endeavors took precedence, such as the war in Vietnam. He recalls his dealings with junior officers and how his wife engaged with the wives of other officers during family deployments. It provides interesting insights into the life of an army family living outside the U.S.A. and their interaction with other military families as well as the German populace.
Michael D. Mahler writes factually, providing information that will appeal to anyone with an interest in history or the military. The experiences he relates give the reader an inside view of what happened at a time when two superpowers watched over Europe. The book is set out in a way so that the reader can follow the deployments of Mahler and his wife, with each chapter covering a specific set of experiences. What was quite interesting was the description of the artillery and the weaponry that was available at the time, and how this evolved due to funding availability and technological progress. Adding to the invaluable experience is the final chapter, written by the author’s wife, which is a summary of the life of a military family. This makes it an authentic book for the non-fiction enthusiast who enjoys history and the military. Tales From the Cold War is a good read.