NATO: A German in Command

It was the French who first proposed the German general. With the first five West German divisions due to join NATO forces this year, they saw that the Germans would be entitled to fill some of the higher spots in NATO's chain of command. Having pulled out most of their own NATO troops to fight in Algeria, leaving only about a division behind, they were also aware that they could claim few top NATO posts for themselves. Accordingly, when two of their generals vacated NATO commands last year, the French suggested that...

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