Changing Direction: British Military Planning for Post-War Strategic Defence, 1942-1947

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APPENDIX 3

C.O.S. Attitudes to the Soviet Union in 1944
(i) C.O.S.(44)248th Mtg. (0) Minute 14, (Confidential Annex)-26 July 1944

SECURITY IN WESTERN EUROPE AND THE NORTH ATLANTIC (P.H.P.(44)17(0)(Final))
The Committee had before them a Report by the Post-Hostilities Planning Staff considering the policy which should be adopted to safeguard British strategic interests in Western Europe and the North Atlantic when the forces of occupation had been withdrawn from Germany. It was explained that the Report had been prepared as one of a series of regional studies being undertaken by the P.H.P. Staff. It was presented in reply to a request * from the Foreign Secretary for the views of the Chiefs of Staff on the idea that we should try and create some system of regional defence in Western Europe.The Committee were in full agreement with the general thesis of the Report that for the future security of the United Kingdom we must obtain greater depth to our defence and enlist the assistance of all the Western European states. The Committee felt, however, that the Post-Hostilities Planning Staff had failed to face up to the hard military facts of the problem. Their main criticisms were as follows:-
(a) It was quite true to say that our efforts must be first put into ensuring the success of the proposed world organisation, and that our primary object will be to see that Germany does not rise again. On the other hand, the real military problem that had to be faced was the fact that the world organisation might break down, and this had not received nearly sufficient emphasis in the Report.
(b) It was perfectly true to say that we should require the assistance of France and the Western European states, and the closer we were
* COS(44)113

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Note on Formerly Withheld Documents ix
  • List of Plates x
  • Foreword xiii
  • Acknowledgements xvii
  • Abbreviations xviii
  • Preface to the First Edition xxi
  • Introduction to the Second Edition xxv
  • 1 - The Foreign Office Origins of Post-War Strategic Planning 1942 1
  • 2 - The Military Sub-Committee 1942-43 17
  • 3 - The Post-Hostilities Planning Sub-Committee 1943-44 55
  • 4 - The Post-Hostilities Planning Staff 1944-45 98
  • 5 - The Joint Technical Warfare Committee and the Future Nature of Warfare 1945-46 178
  • 6 - The Joint Planning Staff and an Approved Defence Strategy 1945-47 242
  • Appendix 1 340
  • Appendix 2 345
  • Appendix 3 349
  • Appendix 4 354
  • Appendix 5 357
  • Appendix 6 359
  • Appendix 7 370
  • Appendix 8 388
  • References 411
  • Index 443
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