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This chapter discusses the ever-present issue of how Britain, as a nuclear strike base, could be secured against Soviet attack. Emergency war plans were predicated on a quick response to threat, and the Soviet air threat was developing apace. The period after which Britain not be sustainable following a Soviet strike shortened, and US planners anticipated that a shift away from forward strike bases would eventually become advisable. For their part, British planners began to make their own assumptions about the consequences of an attack for the British population, leading them to conclude that there could be no effective defence against a thermonuclear attack.

The American bomb in Britain

US Air Forces’ strategic presence, 1946–64


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