US ‘Atomic Capability’ and the British Forward Bases in the Early Cold War

@article{Young2007USC,
  title={US ‘Atomic Capability’ and the British Forward Bases in the Early Cold War},
  author={Ken M. Young},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  year={2007},
  volume={42},
  pages={117 - 136}
}
  • K. Young
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
During the Berlin crisis of 1948, US bombers were once again based in Britain, signalling to the Soviet government the American resolution to stand fast in defence of western Europe. Contemporary commentators and many historians readily assumed that the act of deployment represented the rattling of a nuclear sabre. But did the USA have the capability to deliver an atomic attack on the Soviet Union from English bases at that time? The answer is not obvious. A series of confusions obscures what… 

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