General Heusinger, Inspector-General of the West German Forces, attended a reception at the West German Embassy, Jan 19, where he met Foreign Secretary Lord Home and senior military officers.
General Heusinger, Inspector-General of the West German Forces, attended a reception at the West German Embassy, Jan 19, where he met Foreign Secretary Lord Home and senior military officers. General Heusinger is at present on a tour of British Defence stations. Observers think that during his visit he will have talks with the British Government over training facilities in Britain for the West German forces.
Several of the men who will be concerned in any discussions over such facilities attended the reception. One of the first to arrive was Chief of the Defence Staff Earl Mountbatten. Another was Chief of the Imperial General Staff Field Marshal Sir Francis Festing. Also present was the Director of Military Intelligence General Richard Lloyd.
One unconfirmed report states that about 500 West German soldiers with about 40 tanks will soon arrive in Britain to train. A Ministry of Defence spokesman stated Jan 19, that they knew what the Germans needed but were not in a position to say if what Britain had to offer would be suitable.
It is understood that what the Germans want most is repair facilities for some of their warships and aircraft along with storage space for ammunition, fuel and equipment.