West Germany: Siege of the Pentabonn

The earth shook to the roar of can non and the bite of heavy treads as German-built Leopard tanks and tank destroyers, more than 100 strong, staged a mock panzer battle at the Bundeswehr proving grounds at Munsterlager.

The real hostilities, however, were in the reviewing stand. There stood a bristling Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger and his angry Defense Minister, Gerhard Schroder. In a split that has ended eight months of harmony in the coalition Cabinet, Kiesinger and Schröder, both Christian Democrats, were embattled over projected cuts in West Germany's defense budget....

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