GERMANY: HICOG with a Horn

In the mountain hotel atop Petersberg near Bonn, not far from the cave where Siegfried bathed in dragon's blood, the proconsuls of the three Western powers met to turn a historic leaf: they ended West Germany's military government. Henceforth, the land which Allied armies conquered would be under civilian rule.

Up the mountain road in black limousines rode Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and five members of his day-old Cabinet. A guard of honor of ten U.S., ten British, ten French soldiers snapped to attention for the Germans. Waiting in a drawing room were the...

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