Cohesion and Disintegration in the Wehrmacht in World War II

TitleCohesion and Disintegration in the Wehrmacht in World War II
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1948
AuthorsShils, Edward, and Morris Janowitz
JournalThe Public Opinion Quarterly

This article studies the social structure of the German Army in World War II, the symbols to which it responded, the Nazi attempts to bolster its morale, and the Allied attempts to break it down in order to attempt to determine why the army fought so stubbornly to the end. In this article, the authors perform a sociological and psychological analysis of the individual infantryman in the German Army and find that his interpersonal relationships within the company informed much of his behavior and many of his attitude patterns. 

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