The Press: Dimmed Stars and Stripes

Born of war, the Stars and Stripes, Armed Services-directed daily newspaper of U.S. troops abroad, was not designed to survive peace. But in the era of the cold war, with some 700,000 U.S. servicemen and attached civilians scattered around the globe, it has survived with unprecedented peacetime proportions; in separate Atlantic and Pacific editions, it has a circulation of 211,000 in 37 countries.

From a converted Luftwaffe base at Darmstadt, West Germany, on grounds fitted with tennis courts and a swimming pool, the European edition of 150,000 goes out to armed forces people from Iceland to Morocco. The Darmstadt editorial staff of...

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