Anglo American Approaches to Alliance Security, 1955-60 by W. Rees

By W. Rees

This publication seems on the attitudes and regulations of the USA and uk, within the past due Nineteen Fifties, in the direction of the 3 significant alliances in Europe, the center East and South East Asia. Drawing upon a wealth of archival fabric, it analyses either the army courting among the USA and united kingdom and the level to which those nations have been ready to cooperate with their allies in countering the threats to Western protection.

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Although their principal missions lay in total war, they could be the most rapidly deployable weapons platforms to intervene in a local conflict. For the RAF the aircraft involved might be Canberras or V-bombers but all would offer a significant addition in firepower to forces in a theatre, even when they were only armed with conventional ordnance. 77 The United States could deploy aircraft from bases in Europe, the Philippines and Japan, while the UK retained bomber bases in Cyprus and in Malaya.

37 Limited war was understood to be any conflict in which one or both sides deliberately choose to exercise restraint. Such restraint could be demonstrated in a number of different ways: in the aims of the conflict; in the type of weapons that were employed by the protagonists; or in the geographical extent of the operations. The war would be localised but could last for any length of time. The dominant characteristic of the conflict would be that nuclear attack on the homelands of either the United States or Britain would not be involved, and therefore the survival of each state would not be at risk.

63 In the United States, there was considerable debate about the appropriate size of conventional forces that had to be retained for limited war purposes. 64 However, the US Army found itself under repeated pressure to reduce the size of its mobile interventionary forces and General Taylor had to argue strenuously for the retention of large ground forces and supporting tactical air power. President Eisenhower and Chairman Radford were of the opinion that a radical restructuring of interventionary forces could lead to the role being fulfilled more efficiently.

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