WESTERN EUROPE: Who's in Charge?

The defense of Western Europe, like a rudderless ship, was tossing about last week on mounting waves of distrust.

The French, scared by Korea, finally agreed to a compromise proposed by Charles Spofford, U.S. representative to the North Atlantic Council of Deputies, which would permit the Germans to raise defense units of 4,000 to 5,000 men each, i.e., regimental combat teams, up to a total of 150,000. The Germans, however, treated this proposition with scorn, made it clear that they would settle for nothing less than division organizations, manned, staffed and commanded by Germans.

Snapped Social Democratic Leader Kurt Schumacher:...

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