chapter  7
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The Anglo-American defence relationship

WithSTEVE MARSH

Anglo-American defence cooperation is a mainstay of the special relationship. Its antecedents lie in World War 2 where intimate cooperation developed from fi ghting a global war, Britain hosting large quantities of American servicemen and equipment, unique nuclear cooperation in the Manhattan project and intensive collaborative mechanisms such as the Combined Boards. Though after the war defence relations initially cooled, they soon revived once Britain and America rediscovered a common foe in communism and the USSR.