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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 85 (March 1947)

General,   pp. 22-23 PDF (1.0 MB)


Page 22


Germany's potential for waging aggres-
sive aerial war has been largely removed by
quadripartite action, according to a state-
ment issued recently by the Armed Forces
Division, OMGUS. Principal efforts now are
directed at forging controls which will pre-
vent a future German Blitzkrieg and at the
same time allow the defeated nation to
become a link in the world's peacetime air-
lines.
Elimination of Germany's air war potential
has become a basic responsibility of the Com-
bined Services Directorate of the Allied
Control Authority. Other directorates have
been consulted in connection with destruc.
tion or disposal of aircraft, airfields, and air
weapons.
I The statement added that this disarma-
ment phase is now essentially complete: All
of the more than 4,000 German aircraft and
30,000 enginees captured in the US Zone
have been destroyed, surplus airfields re-
turned to agriculture, and special equipment
destroyed or converted to peacetime use.
Nevertheless, certain basic controls over
Germany's air potential must continue in-
definitely. For example, the Air Forces
Branch, working with British, Russian, and
French air branches, helps keep check on
certain of the more military ex-members of
the outlawed German Air Force. The four
powers seek especially to avoid militaristic
infiltration into such organizations as
schools and athletic clubs.
One result of quadripartite cooperation in
regulation of civil aviation has been sub-
stantial promotion of air safety within Ger-
many. A Committee on Flying Safety for
the Greater Berlin area has adopted uniform
rc gulations, established airdrome traffic
zoi es and air traffic rules.
TJiiform applications of flight rules and
control is ensured by the Berlin Air Safety
Center, located in the Allied Control
control center for the area.
Navigation facilities are coordinated and
are being improved. Recently, for example,
a radio range has been placed in operation at
Belzig, in the Soviet Zone, to increase navi-
gational accuracy on the Berlin-Frankfurt
corridor.
Requisitioned      Housing
The 47-room 'Hohenbuchau castle near
Wiesbaden, recently used as a Red Cross
recreation center, has been turned over to
the German administration for use as a head-
quarters and official hotel for the state
legislature of Hesse.
In line with a policy of maximum re-
trenchment in the number of housing units
requisitioned for military use, a total of 88
properties in the Wiesbaden area have been
released to the German economy since 1 Oc-
tober. These include 60 residences, one hotel,
six cafes and restaurants, three motor pool
areas, and one riding academy in Wiesbaden,
as well as additional properties in four other
towns in the area.
Border Police Supervision
Operational supervision of US Zone Ger-
man border police passed from the US Con-
stabulary to the US Office of Military Gov-
ernment on 15 March, with a consequent
transfer of responsibility for US Zone border
control, according to a USFET announce-
ment. Constabulary troops will continue to
man border crossing points used by persons
over whom German police have no power of
arrest, and will retain responsibility for US
Zone military security including areas ad-
jacent to zone borders. When necessary to
accomplish this mission, the Constabulary
will support German border police and con-
tinue to conduct border examinations,
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