Launch Pad UK: Britain and the Cuban Missile Crisis (BOK)

Jim Wilson

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For most British people the weekend of 27/28 October 1962 could so very easily have been their last weekend on earth, yet astonishingly the fact that Britain's nuclear deterrent forces went to an unprecedented level of readiness was kept secret from the public. Thor nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles stood on a round-the-clock wartime state of alert ready to be fired, these were the 'other' missiles of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which made Britain, in effect, America's launch pad. During the height of the crisis both RAF Bomber Command and the US Strategic Air Command were poised at the highest states of readiness. Both were ordered to a level of war readiness unparalleled throughout the whole of the forty years of Cold War.There is evidence to suggest that had the US needed to launch an air strike against Russian missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy might have been willing to absorb a Soviet nuclear assault on a NATO ally without retaliation, if it would have avoided escalation to World War Three.It is sobering to those who lived through that period that, the British Ambassador to Cuba commented: 'If it was a nuclear war we were headed for, Cuba was perhaps a better place to be than Britain! '

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2008
Forfatter Jim Wilson Forlag
PEN & SWORD BOOKS
ISBN 9781844157990 Antall sider 208
Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,3cm Vekt 522 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form British & Irish history, Air forces & warfare, Military history: post WW2 conflicts