SOUTHEAST ASIA: Success of a Mission

For an instant the stern face softened, the tight lips relaxed. Then the stiff-backed British general, regaining his composure, turned on his polished heel and marched towards his airliner at Kuala Lumpur in western Malaya. General Sir Gerald Templer, 55, the man who saved Malaya from the Communists, was on his way home, a job well done.

Before him now lies Britain's top field command: commander in chief of the Army of the Rhine. A lean, austere martinet who characterizes himself as "a professional soldier ... no politician," Templer had expected no...

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