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The American Bomb in BritainUs Air Forces' Strategic Presence, 1946-64$
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Ken Young

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086755

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086755.001.0001

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The American Bomb in Britain
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Ken Young

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086755.003.0002

This chapter recounts American post-war planning in the light of possible conflict with the Soviet Union, and explains why forward bases in Britain were seen as essential to the atomic strike that was seen as the only defence against overwhelming Soviet superiority on the ground. The secret negotiations to prepare these bases are reviewed, as are the technical issues arising from the possible deployment of early atomic weapons.

Keywords:   War Plans, Atomic Strike, Strategic Air Command

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