Heated memos over Northern Ireland Cold War data

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The United States Military Attache had written to the Ministry of Defence seeking details about the infrastructure of Northern Ireland's capital for US intelligence staff for "defence planning purposes".

The information requested ranged from a list of sewerage treatment plants and the output capacity of the city's gasworks to how much refuse was collected and how many taxis there were in the city.

The details are contained in a series of memos recently released under the Freedom of Information Act by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland.

The papers do not detail what the Americans were specifically planning for, but with questions about transport infrastructure and storage capacity of the city it seems clear that any US deployment following war, nuclear or conventional, with the Warsaw Pact would be making use of the city.

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