Controlled Bombs and Guided Missiles of the World War II and by Vernon R. Schmitt

By Vernon R. Schmitt

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4 This, though, was not good enough for the French and the Anglo-Americans faced persistent requests from Paris to provide the EDC powers with a written and binding guarantee to retain a defined number of forces in Germany for a precise number of years, both as a symbol of their commitment to European security and as a deterrent against a possible German withdrawal from the EDC and the establishment of a German national army. Both refused, and continued to do so throughout the EDC’s travails. The US government cited constitutional difficulties: the problem, as John Foster Dulles would define it in 1954, was that it was ‘not constitutionally possible for the United States by treaty, by law or any other way to make a legally binding, fixed commitment to maintain any predetermined quota of armed forces in any particular part of the world for any particular period of time’.

43 It is clear that the supranational issue was, on its own, sufficient cause for the Churchill administration to reject membership of the EDC. But this basic objection was buttressed by other considerations arising out of Britain’s position as a world power with extensive overseas commitments to uphold, an important relationship with the Commonwealth to maintain and a central position within the Sterling Area to protect. All of these factors militated against federal alignment with Europe. So, too, did the highly-prized ‘special October 1950 to May 1952 23 relationship’ with the United States.

19 Yet even if the Churchill administration had been able or willing to move closer to the EDC, its ratification in Paris would still have been open to serious doubt, for greater British association was but one of several factors which combined in the 1952–54 period to prevent French parliamentary approval. An ever-present and seemingly insoluble difficulty was the fluidity of the political system in the Fourth Republic. The European army had first been promoted by a very ‘European’ legislature in 1950–51, during the last days of the Third Force, the broad coalition of the centre-right and left that had dominated the political landscape since 1947.

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