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Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
French nuclear strategy and that of the British seems to differ.
My understanding (and this is a common belief) is that French nuclear weapons would only be used if France itself were about to be overrun, that the shame of 1940 would never be allowed to happen again. But that we'd never use nuclear weapons to "save" the Germans or anyone else.
But this article suggests that Mme Thatcher would use tactical nuclear weapons in Germany against Soviets & Polaris strategic weapons against USSR even though England hadn't been attacked by such nuclear weapons at all ?
I doubt she'd have done that. The American President would realise that English nuclear weapons falling on Moscow would be the end of Washington DC and a hundred other American cities. He wouldn't have allowed Thatcher to use English nuclear weapons in such a circumstance. Instead they'd abandon continental Europe to it's fate and try to reinforce England by air and sea.
And if that didnt work, Queen Elisabeth would abandon her burning realm and move instead to Canada with her ugly children, try to run the commonwealth from there instead. Mme Thatcher would lose the premiership, the English would sue for peace.