Artillery Equipments of the Napoleonic Wars (Men at Arms by Terence Wise

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The crisis passed without the expected violent confrontation, but undoubtedly the mar­gin was close as the Soviet Union backed down and lifted the blockade the next year after the allies demonstrated their determination and ability to supply the city of Berlin. The next year, 1949, 15 nations formed the alliance called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), subsequently enlarged to in­clude Greece and Turkey. In China the Chinese Communist Armies overran the entire Chinese mainland, forcing the withdrawal of the Chinese Nationalist forces to the island of Formosa (Taiwan).

Overlapping air surveillance and early warning networks began to appear in some regions of the Soviet Union during this period. Priority to these regions limited coverage capabili­ ties in others. Large numbers of manned interceptors enabled the employment of barrier patrols to provide some warning and limited engagement capabilities for these regions in good weather. Visual observers also continued active even as overall radar warning capabilities grew. The experience of the Korean War also showed the Soviets the increased importance of a first attack by jet fighters.

CONAD, after two years, was overhauled. , SAMs replacing guns with vastly superior performance capabilities in terms of range, maneuver, and kill probability). USAF controllers were not taking advantage of, or avoided use of, Army weapon capabilities and tended to rely on the fighter/interceptor. The identifica­ tion issue plagued the CONAD components. There was a lack of confidence in the exist­ing procedures and system and a mutually satisfactory and understood agreement, and doctrine on identification.

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