Overview

'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.' So said Winston Churchill in 1946. About to begin was Britain's most expensive and turbulent periods of military history. Four Minute Warning is the story of Britain's Cold War, and it deals with all aspects of this chilling time when Britain could have been obliterated so easily by the unleashing of Russian Nuclear Weapons. The Cold War was like no other conflict yet experienced. It was more than a struggle between two superpowers, it was ...
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Britain's Cold War

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Overview

'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.' So said Winston Churchill in 1946. About to begin was Britain's most expensive and turbulent periods of military history. Four Minute Warning is the story of Britain's Cold War, and it deals with all aspects of this chilling time when Britain could have been obliterated so easily by the unleashing of Russian Nuclear Weapons. The Cold War was like no other conflict yet experienced. It was more than a struggle between two superpowers, it was a war of ideologies, the Capitalistic West and the Communist East. The Cold War leached its way into every facet of British life to the extent it was not really considered a war at all. But a war it was. The period was punctuated by an arms race which pushed the world to the edge of destruction, as both East and West amassed arsenals of nuclear weapons far beyond what would be needed to destroy, quite literally, everything. So what part did Britain play in all this? Read on and find out!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752488257
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Clarke joined the RAF at the height of the Cold War in 1981. He now is an archeologist at Boscombe Down, Britain’s main weapons testing establishment.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Preface 7

Introduction 9

Protect

The Bomb 13

Air Defence 45

Airborne Early Warning 63

The Anti-aircraft Network 71

Ballistic Missile Early Warning System 81

'Gas - Gas - Gas' 91

Americans 103

Intelligence 127

Survive

Royal Observer Corps 139

'Civil Defence is Common Sense' 153

Bunker 171

The National Infrastructure 189

'You and Your Family' 213

Strategic Food Stockpile 229

'Mr Gorbachev - Tear Down this Wall' 241

Glossary 249

Selective Bibliography 251

Index 254

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