• Short Summary

    THE WEST GERMAN CABINET MET IN BONN TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE WAKE OF CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD'S SWIFT ACTION TO END THE DEFENCE CRISIS CAUSED BY THE RESIGNATION OF THREE TOP GENERALS.

  • Description

    THE WEST GERMAN CABINET MET IN BONN TODAY (FRIDAY) IN THE WAKE OF CHANCELLOR LUDWIG ERHARD'S SWIFT ACTION TO END THE DEFENCE CRISIS CAUSED BY THE RESIGNATION OF THREE TOP GENERALS. THE CABINET MEETING WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO DEAL WITH A PACKAGE OF LAWS AIMED AT STABILISING THE COUNTRY'S TROUBLED ECONOMY, BUT IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR DR. ERHARD TO DISCUSS THE BACKGROUND OF THE DEFENCE CRISIS WITH HIS MINISTERS.

    IMMEDIATELY ON HIS RETURN FROM A FOUR-WEEK BAVARIAN HOLIDAY THE CHANCELLOR MET HIS HARD-PRESSED DEFENCE MINISTER, HERR KAI-UWE VON HASSEL, AND DECIDED TO REPLACE THE THREE REBEL GENERALS WHO STEPPED DOWN IN PROTEST AGAINST THE 436,000-STRONG ARMY'S LEADERSHIP.

    WEST GERMAN POLITICAL OBSERVERS BELIEVED DR. ERHARD PLANNED NO IMMEDIATE CABINET CHANGES AND THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT, FOR THE TIME BEING, THE DEFENCE MINISTER.

    GENERAL ULRICH DE MAIZIERE ACCEPTED HIS APPOINTMENT AS NEW HEAD OF THE ARMED FORCES - REPLACING GENERAL HEINZ TRETTNER, WHO RESIGNED OVER UNIONS BEING ALLOWED TO CANVASS INSIDE BARRACKS. BUT LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOHANNES STEINHOFF, WHO WAS OFFERED THE AIR FORCE, HAS ASKED FOR TIME TO CONSIDER THE OFFER. HE WOULD REPLACE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL WERNER PANITZKI, WHO LEFT AFTER PUBLICLY ATTACKING THE DEFENCE MINISTRY'S HANDLING OF THE MOUNTING NUMBER OF STARFIGHTER JET CRASHES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DNNAZFQBQI9P8D9EMAUC1NIJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DNNAZFQBQI9P8D9EMAUC1NIJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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