Consenting to nuclear war
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This chapter reviews the ways in which the initial decisions to allow nuclear weapons to be based in Britain were followed by pressure to gain influence over the conditions under which they would be used. It became clear at an early date that Britain had virtually no leverage over US war plans and could expect to receive nothing more than the most superficial consultation if it were judged necessary to launch a nuclear strike from British soil.

The American bomb in Britain

US Air Forces’ strategic presence, 1946–64

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