EUROPE: German Rearmament?

To defend Europe against a Communist attack, Ike Eisenhower believes he needs at least 40 divisions and that at least ten of them must be provided by Germany. Last week the Western Allies, after flubbing the urgent question of German rearmament for more than a year, took a step toward a solution.

Most determined opponents of German rearmament are the French, who originally wanted to restrict German "combat teams" in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to 5,000 men, bar Germans from heavy artillery or tactical aviation. The German reply was that they would never fight under such conditions;...

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