British Army,the Gurkhas and Cold War Strategy in the Far East,1947-1954

Overview

This book argues that postwar Britain's "imperial over-extension" has been exaggerated. Britain developed and adjusted its defense strategy based upon the perceived Communist threat and available resources. It was especially successful at adapting to meet the strategic and resource challenges from the Far East from 1947-54. There British and Gurkha forces were deployed only in contingencies that threatened vital British interests, while the US and Commonwealth allies were persuaded to accept key wartime missions,...

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Overview

This book argues that postwar Britain's "imperial over-extension" has been exaggerated. Britain developed and adjusted its defense strategy based upon the perceived Communist threat and available resources. It was especially successful at adapting to meet the strategic and resource challenges from the Far East from 1947-54. There British and Gurkha forces were deployed only in contingencies that threatened vital British interests, while the US and Commonwealth allies were persuaded to accept key wartime missions, thus preserving Britain's ability to fight in Western Europe.

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Gregorian examines the defense strategies employed by the British against the Soviet Union in the Far East between 1947 and 1954. He contends that Britain avoided imperial over-extension by deploying Imperial, Gurkha, and Commonwealth forces only where vital British interests were threatened, while shifting responsibility for key wartime missions to its allies. Gregorian is a senior adviser in the U.S. State Department. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333801482
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Military & Strategic History
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Raffi Gregorian is Senior Advisor on Balkans issues in the State Department's Office of Kosovo and Dayton Implementation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• "Future Defense Policy": The Far East as Strategic Backwater, 1945-1948
• National Service, the Gurkhas, and the Reorganization of the British Army, 1946-1948
• FARELF and the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1950
• "To the Last Round": The Defense of Hong Kong, 1948-1950
• Adapting to Reality: The Far East and Cold War Strategy, 1950-1954
• Between the American Scylla and Chinese Charybdis: Hong Kong, 1950-1954
• Manpower, the Strategic Reserve, and the Malayan Emergency, 1950-1954
• Siam and the Commonwealth Defence of Malaya
• Limited Liability and the Defence of Southeast Asia, 1950-1954

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