General Eisenhower speaking at the handing over of NATO command to General Ridgway
CEREMONY OF THE HANDING OVER OF N.A.T.O. COMMAND TO GENERAL RIDGWAY BY GENERAL EISENHOWER.
LS. General Dwight Eisenhower (Ike), Republican Presidential Candidate (later US President) and General Matthew B Ridgway (c-in-c Atlantic Pact Forces) saluting on dais. MS. Eisenhower speaking
"This ceremony marks the official end of my tour of duty as Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe. It likewise provides for me a final chance to express my appreciation to officers and men of this command, of subordinate. commands and the their friends for the very great assistance and co-operation they have given me during this past year and a half. A year and a half filled with many difficulties at times frustration but never the less one which I can believe be fairly called one of accomplishment. Because the accomplishment we seek is the right and the ability of free men to live only in peace and security with honour. In Normandy we were finally confronted with the stern necessity of punching our way out through the hedgerows of Normandy. Our tanks seemed to be useless and the task was formidable. any sergeant the Army Ordnance Company came up with an idea, an idea that restored to the tanks their ability to operate in that difficult country. Sergeant Kuhlin and his associates his enlisted associates brought their idea all the way up to the highest places until it became accomplished fact...... my utter conviction that we are on the road to success. Nothing can defeat united free peoples on the march. As long as our cause is just and is decent as is ours we cannot be defeated. So I say go forward with deep understanding and humility in your hearts but with high courage because we are working for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren that they may live in peace and enjoy the freedom the decencies the opportunities that have been so richly ours in all our several countries. And now General Ridgway it is my proud duty to turn over to you the finest Headquarters Unit I've ever seen and along with it the command of subordinate units that are as devoted and as capable as any that can be found in this whole free world. Yours is now the responsibility, the authority my expressions of hope of confidence include your direction of this great effort and the task is now yours. My congratulations.
CU. Ridgway standing on dais. CU. Eisenhower Standing on dais. CU. Pan along distinguish persons - (Mrs. Ridgway? Viscount Bernard Montgomery (c-in-c of Western Union Land Forces), Lord Admiral Bruce Fraser (Royal Navy of North Cape) and French General Juin.)
Ridgway speaking. (NAT. SND.) ....from you a deep sense of pride and of privilege. Field Marshal Montgomery, Marshall Juin Lord Ismay comrade in arms ladies and gentlemen......... recognised on earth are the slowest in accruing, the hardest to accumulate. Natures seems ever jealous of its bounties for those benefits it permits man to have it exacts a very great effort in return. Religious values, human values, liberties. values for which man has been expending its utmost, in effort since the dawn of his intelligence are still in the slow process of accumulation. Our mission, our reasons for being here today, is to strengthen that process of accumulation TO add our contribution to the values being so laboriously being built up on earth. This great organisation, High principled men and women of integrity are selected representatives of those peoples who with God's guidance have so far been privileged to contribute most to the fulfillment of this purpose. This organisation is dedicated to the further extension of these inextinguishable values. The North Atlantic Treaty Nations, a voluntary association of free peoples within membership of the United Nations have no other purpose. They seek to raise higher and make a stronger the bulwarks that protect these values we have mentioned, values so slowly so painfully built up through the ages, values so cherished by men and women throughout the entire world who are permitted to know the truth. There is here no aggressive intent, no effort to tear down, no effort to destroy, there is but a single purpose a creative purpose to protest safeguard to preserve to enlarge mans dignity and liberty, his freedom to think, to work, to worship to raise his family within decent standards of living according to dictates of no human despot, but according to the law of a power higher than any other on earth. We wish to make to clear that this is our intent our resolve, we wish all people to know that with aggressive towards none, we are determined with all our physical, mettle and spiritual strength to resist aggression against us and the peoples we serve, from what ever source this aggression may come. It would doubtless embarrass General Eisenhower were I to try in my inadequate way to asses all that he has done in the past ten years to enhance these vales of which I have spoken, the pride and the pride and the privilege of once more sharing service with a man for whom I formed in battle a highest respect and a warm personal affectation Field Marshal Montgomery. I want to express my deep pride and the privilege of sharing service with the commanders in chief and the other principal commanders of this great organisation and its splendid staff under its brilliant chief General Grunther. I in part at least, among the people of France who have contributed as much as any other nation on earth to the finest of military tradition and the flower of western civilisation and who in the years to come will I know surpass all their prior achievements.
MS. CU. General Eisenhower and Ridgway together on dais saluting. Good CU. shots of Eisenhower and Ridgway together.