Until a major reordering of East-West relations takes place, either in terms of a broad settlement of the Soviet-American confrontation or a stunning breakthrough in nuclear and MBFR negotiations, the United States will continue to station a large contingent of military forces in West Germany. American forces have been in Germany now for over forty years. It is not unlikely that they will remain for many years to come. If history provides indispensable insight needed to interpret present reality, what have we learned from our near half-century of experience in stationing American forces in Germany?