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The British Army of the Rhine and the Nuclear Battlefield

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/9780199548231.003.0011
The British Army of the Rhine and the Nuclear Battlefield

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By the late 1960s BAOR had developed a twin‐track war fighting doctrine. On the one hand it showed how tactical nuclear weapons could be employed from the outset of a crisis. But on the other hand, it showed how BAOR might conduct a prolonged period of operations using conventional weapons to buy time for NATO's political leaders to negotiate a peaceful end to a crisis without resort to the use of nuclear weapons. But if BAOR was to mount either kind of operation it needed sufficient soldiers to do so, they required modern and effective weapons, equipment and stores, and they had to be adequately trained to use them. This chapter indicates that question marks existed over all of these requirements.

Keywords: BAOR's combat capability; manpower shortages; weapons and equipment; training; war games

Chapter.  13882 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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