General Eisenhower makes report after 1 year's work with SHAPE.
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General Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower reports after 1 year's work with SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Power in Europe) at Marly, France.
Commander-in-Chief of Western Armies Dwight Eisenhower stands before microphones and makes speech. He talks of 'SHAPE' being formed and how one year ago it assumed operational command of the troops stationed in Europe "for the defence of this great area".
He says "the purpose of our governments was a very simple one, to retain the peace through establishing a sound collective security". He talks of the progress sometimes seeming distressingly slow. He talks of discouragements - the strained economies of Europe, and that in spite of the expenditure of vast sums of money the flow of equipment has not been as rapid as predicted. He talks of the "sore spots" of Indochina, Korea and Malaya having a "direct impact upon our efforts here".
On the encouraging. side he mentions the rise in moral of the armed forces, the accretion of Greece and of Turkey to the Organisation, and, in recent months, a sudden and rapid upswing in the wake of munitions delivery. He talks of the Schumann Plan, soon to go into operation, and the development of the European Defence Organisation. He encourages the people of the United Nations Organisation in their work, saying "the enlightened self interests of each of us is tied up in the whole success of collective security, optimism, faith and finally tenacity... tenacity".
L/S shows Eisenhower starting the speech again. Several cuts of him doing the speech again, with slightly different wording. He talks of "the great productive machinery of the western world" beginning to roll. He ends by saying "we require faith, self-confidence, devotion, tenacity, always tenacity.