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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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Lend-Lease and the Politics of Supply, 1941

Lend-Lease and the Politics of Supply, 1941

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The Arsenal of Democracy

Gavin J. Bailey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes how British supply diplomacy devolved into a series of transatlantic personal missions concerning the implementation of American aid to Britain. These began as Lend-Lease, evolved at the end of 1940, and then became law in March 1941 after a series of Congressional hearings and extensive public debate. The period was marked by continuing British appeals for immediate aid in the short term, and the conclusion of a long-term aircraft allocation agreement as an integral part of the first Anglo-American strategic discussions.

Keywords:   British diplomacy, American aid, supply diplomacy, defence policy, Lend-Lease Act, aircraft supply

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