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The Arsenal of Democracy: Aircraft Supply and the Evolution of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1938-1942

Gavin J. Bailey


Through a series of case studies, this book reveals new details of how Britain used American aircraft and integrates this with broader British statecraft and strategy. It challenges conceptions that Britain was strategically reliant on the United States and reveals a complicated, asymmetrical dependency between the wartime allies. Aircraft were at the heart of British supply diplomacy with the United States in the Second World War and were at the forefront of the Roosevelt administration's policy of aiding the Anglo-French alliance against Germany. They were the largest item in British purchas ... More

Keywords: American aircraft, British statecraft, wartime allies, British supply diplomacy, Second World War, Roosevelt administration, Anglo-French alliance, British purchasing, wartime conferences, Churchill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748647477
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin J. Bailey, author
University of Dundee