At Bergen-Hohne, W. Germany, Dec. 4, the German Army gave two demonstration firings - for?
At Bergen-Hohne, W. Germany, Dec. 4, the German Army gave two demonstration firings - for the first time without American supervision - of the American "Honest John" artillery rocket. Both missiles hit their target on an artillery range over 7 miles away with "great accuracy".
Units of the German Army have received training in using the rocket during the past year. Press representatives and British, American, French and German officials were present to watch the practice launchings.
There was also a third firing, but this ended with a surprise, when after a small explosion, a Saint Barbara, patron saint of artillerymen, appeared out of the top of the rocket.
The demonstration took place after the recent meeting in Bonn between the British and German Defence Ministers, Mr. Watkinson and Herr Strauss, who afterwards announced that Britain and West Germany are to co-operate in the further development of the British "Blue Nile" artillery rocket, and in other military defence projects.