Foreign News: Speeding Up

Near Giessen in Hesse, the first West German battalions equipped with Honest John missiles were in training last week, one impressive indication that the slow-starting Bundeswehr is at last getting going. A new urgency in the planning suggests that dynamic Defense Minister Franz-Josef Strauss (now on an inspection tour of the U.S.) is well aware that any summit agreement to freeze armaments in central Europe would leave West Germany in the cold.

By 1962 or 1963, West Germany is scheduled to have the West's toughest and most modern fighting force in Europe. The 350,000-man...

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