WEST GERMANY: Misbehaving G.l.s

Misbehaving G.I.s

The cartoon in West Germany's Kasseler Zeitung pictured an American soldier kicking a German civilian while his buddy tossed a whisky bottle through a barroom window. "Our army will protect us from our enemies," said the caption, "but who will protect us from our friends?" Throughout West Germany last week the prestige of the American G.I. suffered similar blows as the press, long restrained in its treatment of G.I. offenses, took off the gloves.

Part of the wave of criticism was an understandable resentment at the continued presence of foreign troops. Some of it was clearly exaggerated, e.g., many...

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