NATO Armies 1949-87 (Osprey Elite 16) by Nigel Thomas, Ron Volstad

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By Nigel Thomas, Ron Volstad

Osprey's examine of NATO armies of the post-World battle II interval. The defeat of Hitler on eight may possibly 1945 left Western Europe militarily susceptible and economically exhausted. The Soviet Union, despite the fact that, had because 1940 annexed 180,000 sq. miles of jap Europe, occupied one other 390,000 sq. miles, and now appeared poised to enhance nonetheless additional westwards with its six-million robust forces. The expanding Soviet possibility introduced forth calls for for an enduring Western army alliance, and on four April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was once signed in Washington DC. This ebook explores the heritage, association and uniforms of NATO armies - except the USA and nice Britain - as they have been within the past due Eighties.

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