• Short Summary

    IN CALW, WEST GERMANY, THE EIGHT BRUTALITY TRIAL INVOLVING SOLDIERS OF THE NOW DISBANDED 6-9 PARATROOP COMPANY BEGAN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

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    1.
    CU BADGE OF PARACHUTE TROOPS, PAN UP TO LIEUTENANT SCHALLWIG
    0.07

    2.
    MV GROUP
    0.10

    3.
    MV GROUP OF OFFICERS
    0.19

    4.
    MV LAWYERS
    0.22

    5.
    MV GROUP INCLUDING INGO FISCHER
    0.28

    6.
    MV JUDGES ENTER
    0.38

    7.
    MV SOLDIERS LEAVING COURT
    0.48

    8.
    MV SOLDIERS MARCHING DOWN ROAD
    1.01



    Initials RE/V/BHH/PC



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    Background: IN CALW, WEST GERMANY, THE EIGHT BRUTALITY TRIAL INVOLVING SOLDIERS OF THE NOW DISBANDED 6-9 PARATROOP COMPANY BEGAN YESTERDAY (FRIDAY). OFFICERS AND INSTRUCTORS ARE ON TRIAL FOR ILL-TREATING SUBORDINATES AND MIS-USING AUTHORITY.

    THE ACCUSED MEN BELONGED TO A PLATOON, NOW DISBANDED, WHICH HAD BEEN STATIONED AT NAGOLD, NEAR STRTTGART, A UNIT WHICH THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF THE BUNDESWEHR. GENERAL FORTSCH, REFERRED TO AS A "PIGSTY".

    RECRUITS IN THE UNIT ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CARRY OUT EXERCISES TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTION. AFTER ONE MARCH FOUR RECRUITS WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN UNCONSCIOUS FOR FOUR DAYS. THE ACTION AGAINST THOSE CHARGED BEGAN AFTER A COUPLE HAD COMPLAINED THAT THEIR SON DIED DURING TRAINING. THE TRIALS HAVE BEEN WIDELY REPORTED IN WEST GERMANY WHERE THE ARMY IMAGE HAS BEEN ONE OF "CIVILIANS IN UNIFORM".

    YESTERDAY'S HEARING WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY PROSECUTION CLAIMS THAT RECRUITS WERE JABBED WITH STICKS AND RIFLE BUTTS TO KEEP THEM MOVING A NIGHT MARCH LAST APRIL.

    ON TRIAL IS THE COMPANY'S COMMANDING OFFICER, LT. JUERGEN SCHALLWIG, HIS SECOND-IN-COMMAND, SECOND LIEUTENANT HANS DIETER ROELLE AND INGO FISHER, A PARATROOP INSTRUCTOR. THREE OTHERS ALSO FACE CHARGES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC9TPLWAL87MLBBH9QJJJON7B0
    Media URN:
    VLVAC9TPLWAL87MLBBH9QJJJON7B0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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