Duncan Sandys and the Creation of the All‐Regular Army

David French

in Army, Empire, and Cold War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199548231
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739224 | DOI:
Duncan Sandys and the Creation of the All‐Regular Army

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This chapter examines the efforts of the Churchill and Eden governments between 1952 and 1956 to rein in defence spending. It then analyses the impact of the development of the Hydrogen bomb on British thinking about defence, and the role of the army. The army could not remain aloof from these developments, and in 1956, in the knowledge that the National Service act was due to expire in 1958, it established its own investigation into how it might establish and configure an all‐regular army. Finally, it will show how, in the wake of the Suez crisis, Duncan Sandys brought together all of these trends to restructure British defence policy, and the shape and functions of the army within it.

Keywords: defence spending; thermonuclear weapons and defence policy; Sandys Reforms; structure of army

Chapter.  13259 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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