WEST GERMANY: Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

The new German army was taking such care not to look like the old one that a serious question arose. Would it be able to develop a fighting spirit? Concerned by such matters, West Germany's Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss last year permitted the German General Staff, banned after two world wars, to come quietly back to life. It bore a new name: the Führungsstab, or "leadership staff."

Last week, laying the cornerstone of a German West Point in Hamburg to train future officers of the leadership staff, Defense Minister Strauss decided to put in a good word for the old...

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