The billion-dollar Military Assistance Program (MAP) for the North Atlantic Treaty powers was finally moving. Almost a year after the signing of the grand alliance in Washington (April 4, 1949), the first shipment—48 U.S. Navy fighter and bomber planes for France—was made from Norfolk, Va. this week. From now on, the flow of U.S. arms to Europe would be steady and, the Western world hoped, steadying.

Biggest question mark on the receiving end was France. Although Premier Georges

Bidault had won an impressive vote of confidence in the Assembly (393-186) on the Communist-opposed anti-sabotage measure, the government's Red troubles were not...

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