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Authors: Thomas J. Kehoe and E. James. Kehoe

Title: Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945-1946

Subtitle: -

Journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Volume: 47

Issue: 1

Year: Summer 2016 (Published online: April 27, 2016)

Pages: 53-84

ISSN: 0022-1953 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1530-9169 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History; European History: French History, German History | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / U.S. War Crimes during the Second World War


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E. James Kehoe, School of Psychology, University of New South WalesResearchGate

– Thomas J. Kehoe:

Abstract: »The article presents a study which examines the crimes committed by U.S. soldiers in Europe during and after World War II in May 1945 to July 1946. It analyzes statistical summaries of investigations and charges against American soldiers in the European Theater of Operations. It also discusses the important implications of a higher rate of American crimes, such as rape, for historical interpretation of Wester Europe's cultural and social transition from war to recovery.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  Crimes Committed by American Soldiers (p. 56)
  Quantifying the Crimes of American Soldiers (p. 59)
  Collating the Provost Marshal's Summaries (p. 62)
    May, June, July 1945 (p. 65)
    August through December 1945 (p. 66)
    January through June 1946 (p. 66)
    Troop Levels (p. 67)
  Analyzing the Provost Marshal's Statistical Summaries (p. 67)
    Frequency and Rate of Reported Offenses and Charges (p. 70)
    Crimes against Persons (p. 71)
    Crimes against Property (p. 72)
    Minor Offenses plus Other Incidents (p. 72)
    Clearance Rate (p. 72)
    The "Dark Number" Problem (p. 74)
  Crime in the Eto: Perception and Reality (p. 79)
  Broader Implications (p. 81)


Dykstra, Robert R. »Evident Bias in Thomas J. Kehoe and E. James Kehoe, “Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945–1946”.« Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47 (2017): 381-384. – Bibliogrpaphic Entry: Info

Kehoe, Thomas J., et al. »A Reply to Dykstra’s “Evident Bias in ‘Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945–1946’”.« Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47 (2017): 385-396. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Germany / Allied-occupied Germany | History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1945–64) | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / Rape during the occupation of Germany, United States war crimes