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WESTERN EUROPE: New Age for an Old Continent

On the first anniversary of his appointment to supreme command of the West's European defense effort, General Dwight Eisenhower assembled 100 newspapermen at SHAPE headquarters last week for a progress report. He talked so candidly and earnestly that his remarks were held under wraps for 24 hours while SHAPE screened and smoothed them.

When Ike's words were released, they showed that the Supreme Commander had been transformed in one year from a skeptic about European economic-political unity (at its first mention, he called the European army a "horrible idea") into its most persuasive champion.

Hard, Cold Fact. "We are in a new...

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