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By Michael Cohen

The interval coated via this booklet witnessed an important swap in Allied procedure for the center East. Its concentration switched from Egypt to the states of the so-called northern tier of the center East: Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. This booklet finds the level to which the united kingdom clung directly to great-power pretensions and used bluff, even deception, so that it will supply the influence that it disposed of higher army assets than used to be in truth the case. It describes not just Anglo-American tensions within the heart East, but additionally the american citizens' reluctance to take over Britain's former hegemony within the zone. eventually, it finds the level to which the Allies' dating with Israel used to be a continuing restraint upon their freedom of motion within the sector, and their skill to forge army alliances with Arab states.

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However, the current uncertainty in the Middle East and, above all, budget restraints, inhibited the government from seizing this opportunity. In September, following prolonged deliberations at Whitehall, the British informed the Jordanians that they would build up their forces in Jordan to one armoured regiment (one-third of a brigade), provided that adequate accommodation was provided and that the regiment was allowed to move north to the Zerqa area as soon as possible. 24 In October 1954, the Cabinet’s Defence Committee had given further consideration to increasing the annual subsidy to Jordan.

The Russian Tactical Air Force . . 45 The British may have had military logic on their side, but American reticence, which originated with the highest political echelons, would prevent full Allied operational collaboration until the late1950s. In March 1954, the US granted the UK some $210 million in military aid, but at the same time rejected all British requests to discuss ‘joint strategic nuclear targeting or the establishment of formal links between SAC and Bomber Command’. It was not until the autumn of 1956, after the British V-bombers had demonstrated their operational ability at Suez, that the Americans agreed to begin joint planning.

Slessor was a disciple of ex-Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard, who had argued that the ‘RAF could fight wars more effectively and cheaply than the older Services’. Admittedly, British participation in the Korean War had led to an opening of Treasury coffers for rearmament. 53 It should be noted that these statistics do not 14 A L L I E D G L O BA L S T R AT E G Y specify the increases during the Korean War, which in turn were cut back by the Sandys Defence White Paper of 1952 (on which, see below).

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