From East of Suez to the Eastern Atlantic: British Naval by Edward Hampshire

By Edward Hampshire

Exploring British naval coverage throughout the first governments of Harold Wilson (1964-70), this publication analyses how the army division of the Ministry of Defence and the Navy's specialist management handled six years of defence stories, retrenchment and strategic re-orientation. this era witnessed a dramatic blow to the service's self photo and self-worth as a result cancellation of the massive CVA-01 plane provider, and a steady strategy of realignment, reorientation and variation to the replaced political surroundings, leading to a restoration of self-confidence, a brand new procedure and the approval in precept of a category of small airplane providers. profiting from the lately published reputable documents, the learn highlights for the 1st time simply how in perform Mountbatten controlled to dominate the Chiefs of employees equipment, and the way his energy was once undermined and reduced. It additionally demonstrates that, opposite to common ancient opinion, Denis Healey used to be no longer inevitably set opposed to service air energy from his arrival in place of work and used to be prepared to contemplate the procurement of a medium service for the army. in addition, the paintings highlights the significance of the Mediterranean within the rehabilitation and renewal of self-confidence by means of the military within the overdue Nineteen Sixties. even though focusing totally on coverage and strategic concerns, the ebook comprises wider historic attention, reviewing different components that stimulated policy-making resembling overseas coverage, monetary assets, materiel, manpower and recruitment, as well as the executive equipment and the cultural surroundings of the time. In so doing, Dr Hampshire deals a brilliant perception into the interactions of presidency and army at a severe juncture within the altering nature of Britain's worldwide role.

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