• Short Summary

    WEST GERMANY CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TODAY (THURSDAY) DECIDED TO REPLACE THREE MODEL REBEL GENERALS WHO OFFERED TO RESIGN IN PROTEST AGAINST DEFENCE MANAGEMENT.

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    WEST GERMANY CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD TODAY (THURSDAY) DECIDED TO REPLACE THREE MODEL REBEL GENERALS WHO OFFERED TO RESIGN IN PROTEST AGAINST DEFENCE MANAGEMENT. CHANCELLOR ERHARD, WHO RETURNED FROM HOLIDAY ONLY THIS MORNING, SAW THE DEFENCE MINISTER, HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, AND HIS SPEEDY DECISION WAS TAKEN BY OBSERVERS AS AN INDICATION THAT HE INTENDED TO STAND BY HIS DEFENCE MINISTER.

    THE THREE GENERALS WHO OFFERED THEIR RESIGNATIONS WERE THE OVERALL HEAD OF THE THREE SERVICES, GENERAL HEINZ TRETTNER; AIR FORCE CHIEF, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL WERNER PANITZKI, AND THE HEAD OF ONE OF THE ARMED FORCES SIX REGIONAL COMMANDS, MAJOR-GENERAL GUENTHER PAPE. GENERAL TRETTNER AND GENERAL PAPE BOTH RESIGNED BECAUSE THEY OBJECTED TO THE DEFENCE MINISTER'S DECISION TO PERMIT THE PUBLIC SERVANTS AND TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION TO CANVASS AND DISTRIBUTE PAMPHLETS INSIDE BARRACKS. GENERAL PANITZKY WAS SUSPENDED BY HERR VON HASSEL LAST WEEKEND FOR PUBLICLY CRITICISING THE DEFENCE MINISTRY IN A NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW OVER THE HANDLING OF THE STARFIGHTER PROGRAMME.

    THESE WAS NO DELAY IN THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSORS TO THE POSTS. LIEUTENANT-GENERAL ULRICH DE MAIZIERE WAS APPOINTED INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF THE BUNDESWEHR (ARMED FORCES), AND A FORMER WORLD WAR TWO FIGHTER ACE, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOHANNES STEINHOFF WAS ASKED TO TAKE OVER THE AIR FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1R2XUCTID9CNM2IBQJ6TJZS7T
    Media URN:
    VLVA1R2XUCTID9CNM2IBQJ6TJZS7T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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