Series SHO - SHAPE Historical Office

SHAPE HISTORY VOLUME I - Origin and Development of SHAPE SHAPE HISTORY VOLUME II - Changes in Command Structure SHAPE HISTORY - THE NEW APPROACH 1953 - 1956 SHAPE HISTORY - 1957 SHAPE HISTORY - 1958

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SHAPE Historical Office


  • 1951 - ? (Creation)
  • 1951 (Creation)

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The documents of the SHAPE historical office center around the production of an Annual History, known as the SHAPE History. Documents from this series include the history itself and the background material (footnotes) used in its production.

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The first three historical volumes each cover the command period of a SACEUR (Eisenhower, Ridgway and Gruenther). After 1956, the reference books were produced on a calendar year basis.

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