What was Australia's and New Zealand's attitude toward NATO during Cold War?

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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If in the 1970s or '80s WW3 had broken out between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, would Australia and/or New Zealand have entered the war and sent troops to Europe like they did in the first two world wars or would they have stayed neutral? Were there any war plans? Had any politicians made statements one way or the other?
 
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If in the 1970s or '80s WW3 had broken out between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, would Australia and/or New Zealand have entered the war and sent troops to Europe like they did in the first two world wars or would they have stayed neutral? Were there any war plans? Had any politicians made statements one way or the other?
WW3 would likely have spilled into the Pacific. Far east of USSR, PRC, DPRK, SRV, etc, not exactly a communist free zone.
 
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stevev

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Apr 2017
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The main thrust would be in Germany with Warsaw Pact forces pushing though the Fulda Gap. The NATO plan was to fall back and use tactical nukes to break the primarily Soviet momentum. The rest of the world would be irrelevant. Either there is a stalemate and cease fire or things would escalate to the use of strategic nukes with catastrophic world-wide consequences.
 
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Dan Howard

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Aug 2014
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Australia would have done whatever the US told it to do. New Zealand would have made an independent assessment and acted on that. NZ was pretty pissed with Europe, especially France, but would still have entered the war if it served its interests.
 
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The WW3 would most likely be too short for Australia and New Zealand to intervene. But these two countries would be the best place to live in this case, giving the chance for survival.
 
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Australia would have done whatever the US told it to do. New Zealand would have made an independent assessment and acted on that. NZ was pretty pissed with Europe, especially France, but would still have entered the war if it served its interests.
I get it about France (Rainbow Warrior etc.) but why was NZ pissed with the rest of Europe?
 
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Futurist

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Australia would have done whatever the US told it to do. New Zealand would have made an independent assessment and acted on that. NZ was pretty pissed with Europe, especially France, but would still have entered the war if it served its interests.
What was NZ's beef with France?
 

specul8

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Oct 2016
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Australia
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The WW3 would most likely be too short for Australia and New Zealand to intervene.



I hope, Sir , you are not referring to our navy and its ability to get there in time ?









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But these two countries would be the best place to live in this case, giving the chance for survival.

Ummmm ... not up near that ' South China Sea Business' . Maybe NZ .... this bit ;



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