GREAT BRITAIN: Appointment on the Rhine

Promoted to command NATO's North ern Army Group: General Sir Gerald Templer, 55, able, hard-boiled British professional who in two years of jungle fighting has mastered the Communist threat to rubber-rich Malaya. Austere and dedicated, Sandhurstman Templer found Malaya in despair, with the Red guerrillas everywhere pressing harder; his counterattack matched their ferocity, in two years reduced the average monthly toll of murders and other "incidents" from 500 to 100.

Templer will stay in Malaya until June. His successor: Sir Donald MacGillivray, 47, a Scottish diplomat whose job it will be to consolidate the peace that Templer made possible by...

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