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Army, Empire, and Cold WarThe British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971$
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David French

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001

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The British Army of the Rhine and the Nuclear Battlefield

The British Army of the Rhine and the Nuclear Battlefield

(p.217) 10 The British Army of the Rhine and the Nuclear Battlefield
Army, Empire, and Cold War

David French

Oxford University Press

By the late 1960s BAOR had developed a twin‐track war fighting doctrine. On the one hand it showed how tactical nuclear weapons could be employed from the outset of a crisis. But on the other hand, it showed how BAOR might conduct a prolonged period of operations using conventional weapons to buy time for NATO's political leaders to negotiate a peaceful end to a crisis without resort to the use of nuclear weapons. But if BAOR was to mount either kind of operation it needed sufficient soldiers to do so, they required modern and effective weapons, equipment and stores, and they had to be adequately trained to use them. This chapter indicates that question marks existed over all of these requirements.

Keywords:   BAOR's combat capability, manpower shortages, weapons and equipment, training, war games

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