- These extracts are taken from a discussion in the British Cabinet soon after
the end of the Cuban Crisis.
- After the crisis the major powers were anxious to begin talks about disarmament.
They all realised how close the world had come to war.
- At the time the USSR and its allies in the Warsaw Pact had far more conventional
forces than NATO.
- Conventional forces are normal, non-nuclear forces - tanks, artillery, aircraft