German Military Tradition and the Expert Opinion on Werner Mölders: Opening a Dialogue among Scholars
It is this article's contention that when these developments culminated in a controversy over the wisdom of using the name of World War II fighter ace Werner Mölders for Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Wing) 74, the Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt (MGFA; Military History Research Institute) in Potsdam discharged its duties in a manner which stands in strange contrast to its otherwise exemplary scholarly track record.
Furthermore, the article endeavors to draw attention to the fact that the expert opinion produced by the institute – and which was the main rationale for depriving JG 74 of its honorific title – has since been challenged so comprehensively by independent scholars that a stage has been reached where it is the Forschungsamt's reputation, rather than that of Werner Mölders, which is at stake.
Keywords: BRAATZ, KURT; BUNDESWEHR; CONDOR LEGION; DIETL, EDUARD; EBRO BATTLE; FÜRSTENFELDBRUCK ACADEMY; GERMAN MILITARY TRADITION; GUERNICA; HAGENA, HERMANN; JG 74; LUFTWAFFE; MGFA; MÖLDERS, WERNER; SCHNEIDERHAHN, WOLFGANG; SPANISH CIVIL WAR; STIEGLITZ, KLAUS PETER
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2010
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