Key Information

Reference code





  • 1950 (Creation)
  • 1945-1946 (Creation)

Level of description



29 microfiche

Scope and content

Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series 1, Volume 4, and, Series 2 Volume 2, are microfilmed copies of documents relating to British foreign policy, 1945-1950. Part of a larger collection encompassing British foreign policy, 1945-1955, the microfiche in this collection relate specifically to Anglo-American relations, Dec 1945- Jun 1950. This collection is in two sections. The first includes documents relating to the establishment of an Anglo- American Cold War strategy; the exchange of atomic information and technology between the US and Britain; the use of British mainland and colonial bases by US armed forces; and the allocation of American funds to Britain as part of the European Recovery Program. The second section relates specifically to Anglo-American strategic and defence conferences which took place in London, Jan-Jun 1950. Documents concern the exchange of nuclear technology between the two powers; British and American political and military support to nations wishing to prevent communist insurrection; US involvement in the Middle East; the security of British and American sectors in the Federal Republic of Germany; British and American relations with Western European nations; and the strengthening of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

System of arrangement

This collection consists of two sections, which are arranged chronologically therein. Many of the documents in the collection have corresponding reference numbers from The National Archives (former Public Record Office) series FO, PREM, and CAB. Finally, in accordance with the Parliamentary announcement in 1973, the editors of the collection have had the freedom in the selection and arrangement of the documents.

General Information

Custodial history

Her Majesty's Stationary Office via Professor Lawrence Freedman, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description. The following published guide is available in the Reading Room: Roger Bullen and M E Pelly (eds.), Documents on British Policy Overseas (Her Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1984-1987).

Related descriptions


Compiled Oct 1999

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Accession area