This book, first published in 1987, examines the defence forces of Western Europe and assesses Europe’s capacity to defend itself as the 1980s saw the Cold War balance of power shift towards the Soviet Union. Soviet forces were greatly superior to NATO’s in terms of tanks, artillery and combat divisions, and this book analyses the NATO response and capabilities.
Table of Contents
Preface L.H. Gann 1. Western Europe and its Armies, 1945-85 John Keegan 2. The British Armed Forces since 1945 Roger Beaumont 3. The Danish and Norwegian Armed Forces Nigel de Lee 4. Austria and Switzerland: the Defence System of Two Minor Powers H.R. Fuhrer 5. The Spanish and Portuguese Defence Forces Matthew Midlane 6. The Italian Armed Forces Vittorfranco S. Pisano 7. French Defence and Gaullist Legacy Douglas Porch 8. The Bundeswehr of the Federal Republic of Germany Dennis E. Showalter 9. The Defence Forces of the Low Countries John H. Skinner 10. United States Armed Forces in Europe Harry G. Summers, Jr.
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