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Army, Empire, and Cold War – The British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Army, Empire, and Cold War: The British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971

David French


The veterans of the Fourteenth Army who fought in Burma between 1942 and 1945 called themselves ‘the forgotten army’. But that appellation could equally well be applied to the whole of the British army after 1945. Histories of Britain's post‐war defence policy have usually focused on how and why Britain acquired a nuclear deterrent. This book takes a new look at it by placing the army centre‐stage. Drawing on archival sources that have hardly been used by historians, it shows how British governments tried to create an army that would enable them to maintain their position as a major world powe ... More

Keywords: British Army, Britain and the Cold War, decolonization, nuclear war, British defence policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David French, author
Professor Emeritus, University College London