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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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Von Manstein served as a junior officer throughout the First World War, both as a front line soldier and a general staft officer. After the war, he was taken into the Weimar Republic's 100.000-strong Reichswehr. and in 1929 was made a member of the German General Staff. If Field Marshal Erwin Rommel were the greatest tactician of World War II, Von Manstein, with equal right, can claim to have been the last war's master strategist, the architect of some of its most fateful campaigns. It was he who planned the Ardennes drive which, in May 1940. broke through French defenses, and was the key factor in sealing the fate of the French armies. It was his planning, too, that brought the German armies some of their greatest victories in Russia. A product of the Prussian military system. Von Manstein, nevertheless, held independent views which kept him in constant conflict with Hitler. His record of opposition to the Nazis caused Konrad Adenauer to turn to Manstein for advice when West Germany's A. men's cotton knit shirts from Italy! fl.99 first chancellor began planning armed forces for the new German democracy. Manstein was Adenauer's constant behind-the-scenes military adviser, and the Bundeswehr reflects his influence. Manstein defends the role of the German army over the last 50 years. He contends that the German armed forces have been a source of stability and unity for the German nation, and that they have provided valuable national traditions. It was not the German army that involved the nation in two disastrous wars, Manstein argues, but German political leaders. "Political leaders have always misused the army," Manstein declared, "and not the other way around." The German military establishment is usually depicted as a sinister state within the German state, but Manstein offers a different assessment. "It is probably true that the German armed forces traditionally isolated themselves too much from contact with national life," Manstein agreed, "but this was not done through any conscious effort by the army to undermine the civilian authorities. "Rather, it was the tradition of the German army to stay aloof from politics, and to concentrate its energies solely on its mission of defending the nation. In retrospect, I am inclined to agree it was a mistake to isolate the armed forces from the mainstream of German life. "We now recognize that the armed services can't be hermetically sealed off from the political life of the nation. However, the question when a soldier becomes a citizen, and thereby ceases to be a soldier, is complex and one for which Long sleeve knits of the finest cotton. Full turtleneck and mock turtle styles. Lime, navy, brown, black, lemon, jude, white, marine blue. Sizes S.M.L.XL. Richards Men's Sportswear OUR MUTUAL FUND DEPT. 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And he is aghast at entry of the German labor movement into the military establishment. The German Trade Union ' Federation's union of public employees has received permission from the defense ministry to recruit among the Bundeswehr. and about eight thousand soldiers and several hundred officers (including three generals) have taken out union cards. West Germany's only living field marshal is also worried about the lack of public support for the German armed forces. The Bundeswehr suffers from a lackluster image, mainly because the average German continues to be hostile to military service of any type. The Bonn government's low-key approach to German rearmament also has made it difficult to whip up enthusiasm among the populace for the Bundeswehr, many of whose members complain they are treated as an inferior caste of public servants. Manstein feels in general that the Bundeswehr "citizen soldiers" would benefit from an infusion of Prussian military traditions. 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