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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 Problem of Quality: the Fighter Supply Crisis of 1942

The Problem of Quality: the Fighter Supply Crisis of 1942

(p.198) 7 The Problem of Quality: the Fighter Supply Crisis of 1942
The Arsenal of Democracy

Gavin J. Bailey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the fighter supply diplomacy of 1941–2, which culminated in the negotiations to conclude the second Arnold–Towers–Portal agreement of June 1942. The fighter supply diplomacy surrounding the second ATP agreement demonstrates several key factors in the Anglo-American supply relationship: the continuing problems the British had maintaining previous supply agreements; the impact of the institutional resistance embodied by Arnold on British supply expectations; the fact that the British had something to offer the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in exchange for continuing American supplies; and the indivisibility of supply and procurement issues from diplomatic and political considerations.

Keywords:   British defence policy, fighter supply diplomacy, Arnold–Towers–Portal agreement, USAAF

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