TIL the US invited Nazi General Friederich von Boetticher to watch war games in Redford, N.Y. bak in 1939

Read more: https://www.loc.gov/item/2012647132/

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  1. From his Wikipedia page, Friedrich von Boetticher (14 October 1881 – 28 September 1967) was a German military officer who served as the military attaché of Germany to Washington DC from 1933 to 1941.

  2. That’s what military attachés do. They host and attend diplomatic functions, meet with the army of the host country, monitor the makeup and capabilities of the host country’s army, and serve as a military advisor to the Ambassador. The US also had a military attaché in Berlin and every other major country doing the exact same thing.

    I suspect von Boetticher had an intimate knowledge of US military capabilities having lived in the states for eight years prior to the war and was undoubtedly unimpressed.

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