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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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Duncan Sandys and the Creation of the All‐Regular Army

Duncan Sandys and the Creation of the All‐Regular Army

(p.148) 7 Duncan Sandys and the Creation of the All‐Regular Army
Army, Empire, and Cold War

David French

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the efforts of the Churchill and Eden governments between 1952 and 1956 to rein in defence spending. It then analyses the impact of the development of the Hydrogen bomb on British thinking about defence, and the role of the army. The army could not remain aloof from these developments, and in 1956, in the knowledge that the National Service act was due to expire in 1958, it established its own investigation into how it might establish and configure an all‐regular army. Finally, it will show how, in the wake of the Suez crisis, Duncan Sandys brought together all of these trends to restructure British defence policy, and the shape and functions of the army within it.

Keywords:   defence spending, thermonuclear weapons and defence policy, Sandys Reforms, structure of army

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