EUROPE: Match the High Purpose

The Red drive in Korea spurred Western Europe into action. At Fontainebleau last week the defense ministers of the Brussels pact nations (Britain, France, Benelux) agreed to increase armed forces and .speed war production.

France planned to up its defense budget by 20%. Said Deputy Jacques Chaban-Delmas: "Within one year our ground forces will be raised to 25 divisions, supported by a tactical air force of 2,500 planes to be furnished by the U.S. In two years'time we expect to have 35 divisions."

Said Prime Minister Attlee: "British resources are still strained, [but we will try to] match the high purpose...

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