Changing Direction: British Military Planning for Post-war by Julian Lewis

By Julian Lewis

This quantity documents the transition from making plans opposed to any post-war resurgence of German and eastern militarism to arrangements opposed to a potential hazard from the Soviet Union. It charts international workplace resistance to attention of even the potential of Soviet hostility after the warfare. altering path is probably going to stay the traditional paintings of reference in this interval, either for students and for the broader public.

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The question was: should Anglo-American machinery for military collaboration continue to function openly, or would it ‘have to go underground’ for political reasons? S. on the Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee—reported that both sides were ‘completely of one mind’. S. should continue to operate: The problem is a far more difficult one in as much as we must produce arguments which will persuade our Heads of State that we have a good case which they in turn can explain to the world. 53. CAB 81/132: JIC(46)38(0)(Final)(Revise), 6 June 1946 See also p.

The overall object was defined as ‘to impose upon Russia the will of the United States and British Empire’. Even if that were restricted to ‘no more than a square deal for Poland’, the military commitment involved might be unlimited: A quick success might induce the Russians to submit to our will, at least for the time being; but it might not. That is for the Russians to decide. If they want total war, they are in a position to have it. The task should therefore be examined first on the basis that only total war would achieve the stated aim, and then on the basis that ‘a quick success would suffice to gain our political object and that the continuing commitment need not concern us’.

Yet, Soviet numerical superiority meant that no lengthy front could be maintained in Western Europe— and, unless such a front were held deep into France and the Low Countries, the scale of rocket attack would not be seriously reduced. Any bridgeheads selected would have to be in areas like Denmark, Western Holland, Le Havre, Brittany or the Cherbourg Peninsula, where a comparatively large area might be defensible by a relatively small force: Such bridgeheads would, however, offer the enemy a well-defined, compact target.

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