By early 1946 Bevin had the long-term aim of reviving the old wartime Anglo-American alliance. Initially, it seemed only possible to do this on the level of military co-operation. By the end of 1946 that was well under way. Co-operation was close, except in the atomic field. And there was the suspicion that Britain could not always rely on the United States. The Foreign Office was accused by some State Department officials of spreading propaganda that the United States was a ‘conglomerate of ill-assorted groups’.
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