By Marco Wyss
Nice Britain used to be impartial Switzerland's major provider of heavy weaponry throughout the early chilly warfare. Marco Wyss analyses this armaments courting opposed to the historical past of Anglo-Swiss relatives among 1945 and 1958, and thereby assesses the function of hands transfers, neutrality and Britain, in addition to the 2 nations' political, financial and armed forces relations.
By utilizing multi-archival examine, the writer discovers "traits of specialness" within the Anglo-Swiss courting, analyses the incentives for Berne's guns purchases and London's hands revenues, sheds new mild at the chilly struggle hands move approach and the motivations of the engaging states, and questions the sustainability of neutrality through the East-West clash, in addition to Britain's function from a western impartial and small strength viewpoint.
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Additional info for Arms Transfers, Neutrality and Britain’s Role in the Cold War: Anglo-Swiss Relations 1945-1958
These arms transfers form the backbone of this study and determine the time-frame, for they were quantitatively and qualitatively the most significant weapons systems which were sold from Britain to Switzerland. On the one hand, as table 2 illustrates, there were 725 aircraft and tanks which were transferred. This number is not only impressive per se, but the arms deals also involved large sums of money, which could have a significant impact on the bilateral economic relations. Swiss arms purchases of British designed weapons systems had a value between SFr.
39 Phythian, op. , pp. 3–4. : Palgrave, 2000, p. 10. 41 Krause, op. , p. 193. 42 Buzan; Herring, op. , pp. 81–119. C. to the Present, London and New York: Free Press, 1989, p. 1. 12 introduction survival forced states during the Second World War to create very large Research & Development (R&D) infrastructures. These remained in place once the war came to an end, and brought about enormous strides in weapons technology, and unprecedented developments in such areas as atomic energy, radar, rocket propulsion, jet propulsion, automation and operations research.
Yet, one can argue that contrary to a political or military alliance, the dependency on weapons supplies would not necessarily compromise neutrality, as long as the weapons remain under the sole 101 Silva, op. , pp. 330–332. 102 Moores, Simon, “‘Neutral on our Side’: US Policy towards Sweden during the Eisenhower Administration”, Cold War History, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 29–62. 103 Nilsson, Tools of Hegemony…, op. , p. 407. 104 Here I am referring to what has been called Vorwirkungen der Neutralität im Frieden by Swiss specialists on the law of neutrality.