NATO: Polyglot Army

After nine months of meetings behind closed doors, during which even the parliaments of the six nations involved didn't know what was going on, the French Foreign Ministry last week announced the tentative size and shape of the new European army. It had been a French idea in the first place; unwilling to let the Germans have an army of their own, the

French had proposed, and Britain and the U.S. somewhat reluctantly accepted, the notion of a multilingual, continental army, to serve alongside U.S. and British troops in SHAPE. By the end of 1953, said the French last week,...

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