6 DECEMBER 1919, Page 1


THE Allies, at the request of Marshal Foch, have asked the German Government to suppress the military organizations they have formed in defiance of the Treaty. By April next the German Army must be reduced to 100,000 men. It is said that Marshal Foch estimates the present strength of the armed forces in Germany at over a million. We must remember, however, that the Allied naval and military missions in Germany have to supervise the surrender or destruction of guns, aero- planes, and other war material in excess of a stipulated amount, and that the number of munition works will be restricted. It should be virtually impossible for Germany to prepare for another war without the knowledge of the missions, since soldiers, however numerous, are helpless without guns and munitions.