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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956
(1959)

Paris protocols amending the Brussels Treaty and establishing the Western European Union, October 23, 1954,   pp. 124-141 PDF (6.2 MB)


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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 19 4 4-5 9
The President of the Italian Republic
His Excellency M. Gaetano Martino, Minister of Foreign
Affairs.
Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
His Excellency M. Joseph Bech, Prime Minister, Minister of
Foreign Affairs.
Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands
His Excellency M. Johan Willem Beyen, Minister of Foreign
Affairs.
Her Majesty The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories,
Head of the Commonwealth,
For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland
The Right Honourable Sir Anthony Eden, K. G., M.C.,
Member of Parliament, Principal Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs.
Have agreed as follows:-
ARTICLE 1
1. The land and air forces which each of the High Contracting
Parties to the present Protocol shall place under the Supreme Allied
Commander, Europe, in peace-time -on the mainland of Europe shall
not exceed in total strength and number of formations:
(a) for Belgium, France, the Federal Republic of Germany,
Italy and the Netherlands, the maxima laid down for peace-time
in the Special Agreement annexed to the Treaty on the Establish-
ment of a European Defence Community signed at Paris, on May
27,1952; and
(b) for the United Kingdom, four divisions and the Second
Tactical Air Force;
(c) for Luxembourg, one regimental combat team.
2. The number of formations mentioned in paragraph 1 may be
brought up to date and adapted as necessary to make them suitable
for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, provided that the equiva-
lent fighting capacity and total strengths are not exceeded.
3. The statement of these maxima does not commit any of the High
Contracting Parties to build up or maintain forces at these levels, but
maintains their right to do so if required.
ARTICLE 2
As regards naval forces, the contribution to N.A.T.O. Commands of
each of the High Contracting Parties to the present Protocol shall
be determined each year in the course of the Annual Review (which
takes into account the recommendations of the N.A.T.O. military
authorities). The naval forces of the Federal Republic of Germany
shall consist of the vessels and formations necessary for the defensive
missions assigned to it by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
within the limits laid down in the Special Agreement mentioned in
Artice I, or equivalent fighting capacity.


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