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Kirkpatrick was concerned about the state of civilian morale in the Federal Republic and about the panic induced by the fear that the East German regime might follow a similar course to the North Koreans. 58 At the start of August Kirkpatrick outlined a five-point plan for restoring confidence among the population without resorting to rearmament. He insisted that there was no support for this idea among the German people and that the West would have to continue to bear the main burden of defence.
The idea which the French and others had failed to grasp was that the threat of aerial bombardment could be used to control Germany in the same way as the British had policed colonial areas between the wars. The solution to the West German rearmament problem, according to Slessor: involves a really drastic revision of many of the historic canons of military doctrine . . it is the threat and if necessary the use of the bomb (and, if appropriate, the atomic bomb) as the form of force to be employed to prevent the expansion of the GERMAN peace economy to a war footing.
UNPICKING THE PACKAGE Bevin’s attempt to secure agreement to the revised gendarmerie plan at the meeting of Western Foreign Ministers in New York which began on 12 September was thoroughly overshadowed by the presentation of an American ‘package’ plan which linked a greater American 41 42 Containing Germany commitment to European defence to the raising of West German armed forces at the earliest opportunity. Though Bevin accepted the package because of its beneficial effects for the prized NATO alliance, the British spent the next three months attempting to break the linkage between an integrated NATO force under American command and early West German rearmament.
Containing Germany: Britain and the Arming of the Federal Republic by Spencer Mawby (auth.)