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ARMAMENT.

(SECTION- 5.)

•'ln order to render possible the'initiation of a general limitation of armaments of- all nations, Germany undertakes directly to observe the military, naval and air clauses which follow" :— "The military terras provide for demobilisation of the German armies and the imposition of other military _ restrictions within two months oT signng the treaty (as a iirst step towards •international disarmament). All compulsory military service is to be abolished in Gor man territory and recruiting regulations on a voluntary basis are bo be incorporated into the German military laws providing for the enlistment of non-commissioned officers and naon for a poriod of not less than twelve consecutive years, and stipulating that officers shall serve for twenty-five years, and shall nob he retired until the age of iofty-iive. No reserve of'officers with war service will be permitted. The total number of German effectives is fixed at one hundred thousand, including not more than four thousand ofti? t - cers, and it in provided that there shall b«.no other Military officers raised outtfide this figuro. Any increase in the aiimbor of Custom* officers, forestry

officials, or police, or the military training of these services is specially: prohibited. The function of the German army is to keep internal order and control the frontiers. The high command is; to confine itself to administrative dut-j ies, and will not be allowed to retain a general staff. The civilian personnel at the Ministry of War and similar in-' stiiutions is to be reduced to onetenth of that in 1913. There will be; not more than seven infantry, not more '. than three cavalry divisions, and not! more than two corps staifs. Surplus war academies and schools for officers and cadets and so forth are to be sup-1 pressed and- the number of students admitted to schools retained for the re- 1 cruitment of-officers is to be limited to, vacancies occurring in the establish- i meets. It is- provided that the produc-| tioii of armaments, munitions, and material of war in Germany is limited to I a .schedule based on'the amount consid-j ei'ed necessary for an army on the scale' decided, upon. No reserves may be I formed,, and all existing armaments,! guns "and stores above tne limits- fixed must be handed over to the Allies for, disposal. iNo poisonous gas or liquid nre.must be manufactured or imported, nor any tanks nor armoured cars. The v-reruians are obliged to notify to tnv"' Allies for approval- - thfi names and situation at all factories manufacturing munitions, together with particulars of their output. The Uerman Government arsenals are- to. be suppressed and their personnel dismissed. Munitions for the use of fortified'works will be limited, to' 1500-rounds-apiece for guns of 10. 0 v.m. calibre and under, . fyid 500 rounds for- guns of higher calibre. Germany is prohibited from manufacturing armaments and munitions for foreign countries- andJ from importing them from abroad. ( Germany must not maintain or con- \ 6U*iict any tortitioatjxms situated- on) German: territory less than fifty kilo- j ■ metres east of tno ilhine,, and., in- the . a-ouve area no armed roroes--either, per- ; inanunt or temporary may do nuiin 1- ' lameu. The status quo is to be pro-. ; .served in re-spec i. ot rortitications.. on the original souUiern and eastern tron- , tiers or tne Uerman Jiimpire. SAo mvi- ' vary manoeuvres may be iieid nor any j permanent worlis. kept tor the purposes ( ot helping •mobnisa.iion. Tne uemobu- j is'a,tion. or toruricat-ions must take ( piacu within three mourns.' .

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ARMAMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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ARMAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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