GERMANY: Police for the West?

At Berlin's big Whitsuntide rally (TIME, June 5), the West got a good look at Germany's Communist storm troopers—the Bereitschaften (emergency units) of the "People's Police" which the Reds have built up in Germany's Eastern zone. Tough, disciplined, and far more menacing than the parading kids themselves, they were darkly reminiscent of Hitler's ∬. They had the training and the weapons (including machine guns, howitzers, antiaircraft guns and tanks) of a military force. The Bereitschaften, 50,000 strong, are maintained in addition to 220,000 regular "People's Police" in the Eastern zone who are armed with...