Let us begin at the beginning. In the beginning there was no Nato. only a world recovering from the second world war within the first half of the twentieth century. With the defeat of the Axis alliance in 1945, the two nations of North America, together with those of their wartime allies in northwestern Europe, almost at once began rapid demobilization of their armed forces.
Farrar-Hockley, Sir Anthony
"The Influence of the Northern Flank upon the Mastery of the Sea,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 35
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol35/iss3/2