• Short Summary

    ON SATURDAY, (OCTOBER 26TH.), IN DATTELN, WESTPHALIA, SIX WEST GERMAN NIKE MISSILE ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTALIONS WERE HANDED OVER TO NATO.

  • Description

    ON SATURDAY, (OCTOBER 26TH.), IN DATTELN, WESTPHALIA, SIX WEST GERMAN NIKE MISSILE ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTALIONS WERE HANDED OVER TO NATO. THE WEST GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, HERR VON HASSEL HAS PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY. IN HIS SPEECH, HE PRAISED THE RECENT AMERICAN TROOPING EXERCISE 'BIG LIFT', AS AN OUTSTANDING ORGANISATIONAL AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT, BUT POINTED TO ITS VULNERABILITY. ANY DEFENCE CONCEPT ON SUCH TRANSPORT OPERATIONS MUST BE REJECTED.

    HERR VON HASSEL SAID THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF THE UNITED STATES WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM EUROPE, BECAUSE "THE AMERICANS HAVE TAKEN SERIOUSLY THEIR COMMITMENTS IN EUROPE AND THEY WILL TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY IN THE FUTURE TOO." HOWEVER HE EXPRESSED UNDERSTANDING FOR WASHINGTON'S DESIRE TO REDUCE STATIONING COSTS BY REORGANISATION.

    THE SIX ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTALIONS COMPRISE 9,000 MEN. EACH BATTALION HAS FOUR BATTERIES OF NIKE MISSILES AND HAS COST GBP11 MILLIONS.

    (ON FRIDAY EVENING HERR VON HASSEL MET THE AMERICAN SECRETARY OF STATE, MR. RUSK, FOR TALKS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF 'BIG LIFT', IN WHICH 14,500 COMBAT-READY U.S. TROOPS WERE AIR-LIFTED FROM TEXAS TO WEST GERMANY IN 63 HOURS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVADQKJSBP0W9LZW01RQA5QST48S
    Media URN:
    VLVADQKJSBP0W9LZW01RQA5QST48S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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