WEST GERMANY: Rearming, Under Difficulties

Konrad Adenauer returned from his seven weeks' vacation with an air of renewed energy and purpose. He had been badly shaken by the U.S.'s "Radford plan" to reduce U.S. military manpower, announced just when he was exhorting the Germans to rebuild their own army. But last week der Alte seemed once more the leader sure of what he must do. The Chancellor summoned the Cabinet, ordered his ministers to stop squabbling and get rearmament moving. He lectured a caucus of Christian Democratic Deputies, pointing out that the Suez crisis "illustrates the need for conventional arms and forces" even in the...

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