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Sunday, 28 August 2016

The war between the UK and the US which almost happened.

War very nearly broke out in the early thirties between America and Britain. America's plans were to dominate Canada and the Caribbean initially. Then Australia and New Zealand.

The only reason the Americans finally dropped the idea was the power of the British navy which, incidentally, our last half dozen governments have destroyed.

The film below lasts 45 minutes and is absolutely riveting. When I was sent a link I just couldn't put it down. Make sure you have the time before watching it as it is impossible to put down.

My readers from Britain, Canada, and the ANZAC countries should watch and thank their lucky stars it never happened as the death toll could have been as bad as the first world war.

The story is also in Wikipedia.



David Lewis said...

I don't consider this to be a serious story because (a) military planners in all major countries are required to prepare war plans for all conceivable contingencies, (b) democracies rarely if ever go to war with each other, (c) most of the "evidence" in this video is speculative, (d) both UK and USA had far more threatening enemies to worry about. The chances of such a war occurring at that time would have been less than 1%. Even if the war had started, the chances of it lasting more than a few weeks would have been equally low.

It reminded me of a story in the Daily Mirror around 1960 suggesting there could be war between Britain and the Common Market. Complete rubbish, not dissimilar to this USA-UK war speculation. And yet ... however unlikely, the military are duty bound to have plans in place.

Andrew Ampers Taylor said...

An interesting opinion for which I thank you. The Daily Mirror story was probably published 57 years too early...