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‘Fire Brigades’: Expeditionary Operations, 1945–1956

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.003.0007
‘Fire Brigades’: Expeditionary Operations, 1945–1956

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During the Second World War the British developed a sophisticated and highly effective capability to mount amphibious expeditionary operations. This chapter begins by examining how and why that capability was allowed to wither away after 1945. It then analyses why the army found it so difficult to generate forces for expeditionary operations. Finally, in examining the army's contribution to operations at Abadan, Korea and Suez, it looks at what the conduct of those operations had to say about its combat capability.

Keywords: expeditionary warfare; amphibious operations; airborne operations; Abadan; Korean War; Suez expedition; combat capability

Chapter.  11127 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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