Foreign News: An Army Is Born

West Germany's 79-year-old Chancellor Konrad Adenauer was convalescing from bronchial pneumonia, and still ill, when he got the news of Geneva's failure to reunify Germany. He summoned military aides and ministers to his home and told them to get moving on the formation of Wrest Germany's new armed forces. Adenauer's demand: four combat divisions in the field by the end of 1956.

Last week, one day before the Chancellor got back to his desk after seven weeks' confinement, the Bonn government took a major step toward meeting his wishes. A new five-member Supreme Military Council was formed to assume direct operational command...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!