GERMANY: Guns or Brooms?

The U.S. Army was having servant trouble. High Commissioner John J. McCloy and the State Department have long wanted the Army to give up the 24,000 German servants who cook and scrub for the families of officers and noncoms in the occupation forces—with their wages paid by Germany. The Army would not hear of it. U.S. officers' and men's wives might have to do menial work, and that would have an "unfortunate effect on prestige and morale." Moreover, explained the Army solemnly, wives in outlying areas often have to travel 50 miles to buy groceries at PXs and, without...

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