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The sword and the shield: Britain, America, NATO, and nuclear weapons, 1970-1976

The sword and the shield: Britain, America, NATO, and nuclear weapons, 1970-1976

Stoddart, Kristan, author

Kristan Stoddart reveals for the first time discussions that took place between the British, French and US governments for nuclear cooperation in the early to mid 1970s. In doing so it sets the scene for the upgrade to Britain's Polaris force codenamed Chevaline and how this could have brought down Harold Wilson's Labour government of 1974-1976

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Kristan Stoddart
ISBN: 0230300936, 9780230300934
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xx, 324 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Series: Nuclear weapons and international security since 1945
Subject: Nuclear weapons Government policy Great Britain History 20th century.; United States Military relations.; France Military relations.; Nuclear weapons Government policy France History 20th century.; Great Britain Military relations.; Nuclear weapons Government policy United States History 20th century.; North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


  1. Introduction 1. The Heath government and the Not So Special Relationship, 1970-1974 2. The 'special nuclear relationship' under Heath, 1970-1974 3. Britain, NATO's Evolving Military Doctrine and its Nuclear Planning Group: the Balance between the Sword and the Shield, 1970-1974 4. National Strategy and Multilateral Priorities:British 'Tactical' Nuclear Operations, 1970-1974 5. The Last Wilson Governments and Strategic Nuclear Deterrence, 1974-1976 6. Nuclear Testing and the Practicalities of Moving Chevaline to Completion, 1974-1976 7. Britain, America and NATO Modernisation, 1974-1976 8. Tactical Nuclear Weapons, Operational Employment and Conventional Defence, 1974-1976 Conclusion