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Army, Empire, and Cold WarThe British Army and Military Policy, 1945-1971$
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David French

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.001.0001

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‘Village Cricket’: Expeditionary Operations, 1958–1966

‘Village Cricket’: Expeditionary Operations, 1958–1966

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(p.242) 11 ‘Village Cricket’: Expeditionary Operations, 1958–1966
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Army, Empire, and Cold War
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David French

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548231.003.0012

Sandys hoped to create an air and sea‐mobile Strategic Reserve that would give Britain the ability to intervene in trouble‐spots outside the NATO area and nip trouble in the bud. This chapter explores the rise and fall of this strategy and the army's place within it. It shows that the promise of amphibious mobility was borne out during operations in Kuwait and East Africa. But exploiting air‐mobility proved to be more difficult. Finally, although the array of weapons and equipment it could deploy may have looked impressive, the combat capability of the Strategic Reserve was very limited.

Keywords:   Strategic Reserve, Jordan, Kuwait, East Africa, airborne/seaborne strategy

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