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The Arsenal of DemocracyAircraft Supply and the Evolution of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1938-1942$
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Gavin J. Bailey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748647477

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647477.001.0001

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The Diplomacy of Critical Dependency, 1940

The Diplomacy of Critical Dependency, 1940

(p.64) 3 The Diplomacy of Critical Dependency, 1940
The Arsenal of Democracy

Gavin J. Bailey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how far British supply diplomacy in 1940 reflected genuinely critical military needs, and how far it served broader diplomatic goals. In his correspondence with Roosevelt, Churchill repeatedly raised the prospect of British defeat without American aid. These assertions of critical dependency informed aircraft supply, which remained at the forefront of the Anglo-American supply relationship through Roosevelt's ‘all aid short of war’ support for Britain throughout the crisis of 1940 and the evolution of Lend-Lease which followed.

Keywords:   British diplomacy, defence policy, American aid, aircraft supply

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