NATO: Ike Sees His Army

General Dwight Eisenhower left his Paris headquarters last week for a get-acquainted visit with the main body of troops he commands, the allied units in Germany*

In the British zone, the 11th Armored showed off its new, low-silhouette Centurion tank. Said Ike, after watching the 50-tonner churning through the mud: "The Centurion looks like a good piece of mechanism. I hope we don't have to use it." Next day, with a French motorcycle escort, Eisenhower drove at a 50-mile-an-hour clip to Coblenz. The French, who do not forget that they are the conquerors, had...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!