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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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Heavy Bomber Supply Diplomacy, 1941–2

Heavy Bomber Supply Diplomacy, 1941–2

(p.169) 6 Heavy Bomber Supply Diplomacy, 1941–2
The Arsenal of Democracy

Gavin J. Bailey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Anglo-American aircraft supply diplomacy after 1940. The strategic bombing offensive waged against Germany became central to British strategy, and obtaining the heavy bombers was necessary to expand this campaign. However, quantitative and qualitative limitations on heavy bomber supply compelled the British to adopt greater dependence on domestic production to fulfil their strategic plans. This indicates a reversal of the usual direction of dependency when the British supplied their own fighter aircraft to the United States to secure both a minimum quantity of American aircraft supply at the same time as successfully imposing their qualitative agenda on the United States Army Air Force (USAAF).

Keywords:   Germany, British defence policy, strategic bombing, aircraft supply diplomacy

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