• Short Summary

    General Alexander Haig took over Sunday (15 December) as military chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

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    General Alexander Haig took over Sunday (15 December) as military chief of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

    General Haig, the lat White House Chef of Staff to former U.S. President Richard Nixon, assumed supreme command of Allied forces in Europe from retiring General Andrew Goodpaster in ceremonies at NATO military headquarters in Casteau, Belgium.

    The 50-year-old Haig, who was nominated to the NATO post by U.S. President Gerald Ford, becomes the seventh supreme commander since the organisation was formed 25 years ago. A such, he takes charge of NATO's defensive wall running from northern Norway to eastern Turkey, manned by more than a million and a quarter troops from 14 member countries. General Haig, whose last military command was that of a brigades in South Vietnam, was appointed commander of American forces in Europe, a secondary posting, last November 1st.

    His predecessor as NATO commander, General Goodpaster, held the post for five years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACREEPTFQICRXT2X2GHVVT1GHF
    Media URN:
    VLVACREEPTFQICRXT2X2GHVVT1GHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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