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The Sword and the Shield : Britain, America, NATO and Nuclear Weapons, 1970-1976 - Kristan Stoddart

The Sword and the Shield

Britain, America, NATO and Nuclear Weapons, 1970-1976


Published: 21st May 2014
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The Sword and the Shield reveals for the first time declassified discussions that took place between the British, French and US governments for nuclear cooperation in the early to mid-1970s. In doing so, it sets the scene for the top secret upgrade to Britain's Polaris force, codenamed Chevaline, and how this could have brought down Harold Wilson's Labour government of 1974-1976. It also analyses the evolution of NATO strategy in this period into something that was capable of a flexible response to Warsaw Pact aggression - a response that, if enacted, could well have been apocalyptic.

Introduction 1. The Heath government and the Not So Special Relationship, 1970-1974 2. The 'special nuclear relationship' under Heath, 1970-1974 3. Britain, NATO's Evolving Military Doctrine and its Nuclear Planning Group: the Balance between the Sword and the Shield, 1970-1974 4. National Strategy and Multilateral Priorities:British 'Tactical' Nuclear Operations, 1970-1974 5. The Last Wilson Governments and Strategic Nuclear Deterrence, 1974-1976 6. Nuclear Testing and the Practicalities of Moving Chevaline to Completion, 1974-1976 7. Britain, America and NATO Modernisation, 1974-1976 8. Tactical Nuclear Weapons, Operational Employment and Conventional Defence, 1974-1976 Conclusion

ISBN: 9780230300934
ISBN-10: 0230300936
Series: Nuclear Weapons and International Security Since 1945
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 21st May 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.87 x 14.71  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1