Foreign News: Defense Minister

Most gratifying to sound, representative Germans was the appointment, last week, of General Wilhelm Groener to be Minister of Defense, succeeding famed Dr. Otto Gessler, who held that post for seven years prior to his recent retirement (TIME, Jan. 23).

Defense Minister Groener originally won fame, just after the armistice, by stepping resolutely into the post left vacant by General Erich Ludendorff, when that great neurasthenic fled in disguise to Sweden. It was Groener who ably and steadfastly assisted Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg to hustle home the huge, defeated German armies in safety...

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