The machinery of alliance : Anglo American air power diplomacy 1917-1965
Many British and American critics have argued that the wartime 'Special Relationship' ended
after World War H. Britain, buffeted by postwar shocks such as the end of Lend-Lease and
atomic sharing, and by the lack of U. S. support during the Suez Crisis, felt increasingly
demoted from its status as a great power, which had formerly been consulted by U. S. leaders on
all matters of international importance. Despite those early post-war political dismissals, the
USAF and the RAF began a Cold War linkage, which grew into a fifty-year association that
was closer than any comparable defence relationship between nations.
This work explores that unique relationship and argues that it grew even stronger through
decades of mid-level air diplomacy clearly visible in the agreements and arrangements for U. S.
Air Power in the United Kingdom. Its conclusions shed new light on the Anglo-American
relationship and demonstrate the importance of air power in the diplomatic history of the two
nations. It adds substance to the thin body of knowledge of air diplomacy, through an analysis
of events, policies, agreements, arrangements, disagreements, and issues, which led to an even
stronger transatlantic defence relationship that continues to serve both nations' interests