Foreign News: To Defend the Fatherland

If war should break out, NATO forces would deploy to defend Europe and the West, but not the geographical integrity of their most exposed European member, West Germany. Since taking over as the federal republic's Defense Minister last year, stocky, hard-driving Franz Josef Strauss has been preparing plans for a home army "under German not NATO control, to try and protect the Fatherland." Last week Strauss named a member of an old Prussian military family, Major General Hans-Joachim von Horn, 61, to organize and command such a force.

Within five years Strauss plans to...

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