GERMANY: Shadow Army

Bit by bit, the jigsaw of Russian intentions for Eastern Germany was fitting together. At first there had been only isolated clues—the wing of a prison converted into barracks at Dessau, an order for 5,000 shoulder insignia of the old German style, the sight of men marching and drilling on a onetime Wehrmacht training field near Rostock. Then the evidence came faster. The Russians were busily organizing a military "police" force of a quarter of a million Germans, almost twice as large as the entire force of pre-Hitler Germany.

By last week the...

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