GREAT BRITAIN: Short of Requirements

An aroused Great Britain was closer to war preparedness last week than at any time since 1945. But she was still not ready for war.

After Defense Minister Emanuel Shinwell, his face grave, had reported that Britain's present defenses fall "a long way short of requirements," Parliament approved a defense budget increase of £100 million ($280 million). This brought defense spending to £880 million, about one quarter of the entire budget. The new money will be spent on a reserve of jet fighter planes, reconditioning Britain's reserve of 6,000 tanks, equipping the...

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