Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in the Second World War

Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in the Second World War

by Kevin Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521497256

ISBN-13: 9780521497251

Pub. Date: 09/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Conflict Over Convoys examines the Battle of the Atlantic from the perspective of Anglo-American diplomacy, deepening our understanding of Allied strategy, British industrial decline, and operations TORCH and OVERLORD.Britain's dependence on American ships and logistical support created controversy over the control of military stategy; victory in the Atlantic…  See more details below

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Conflict Over Convoys examines the Battle of the Atlantic from the perspective of Anglo-American diplomacy, deepening our understanding of Allied strategy, British industrial decline, and operations TORCH and OVERLORD.Britain's dependence on American ships and logistical support created controversy over the control of military stategy; victory in the Atlantic eventually allowed America to dominate Allied logistics diplomacy. Conflict Over Convoys shows how these tensions reflect the decline of British hegemony and America's rise to global influence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521497251
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations and codewords
Introduction1
1"Not what it could or should be": Britain's shipping situation5
Shipping capacity assessments6
British shipbuilding in the thirties: a strategic industry collapses13
British shipbuilding at war15
2"Beyond our power without your help": Britain's Battle of the Atlantic28
The consequences of the fall of France29
Escort availabilities and priorities30
The aims and flaws of import programming33
Ships in port: the internal transport crisis of 1940-194148
Ships under repair: a question of priorities58
3"But westward, look, the land is bright": American shipping assistance from neutrality to belligerency, March 1941-November 194264
The Salter mission: the magnitude & limits of 1941 allocations66
Allied strategy and the external origins of the 1942-1943 British shipping crisis: US belligerency, strategic conflict, and the decision for TORCH72
Allied logistics and the external origins of the 1942-1943 British shipping crisis: WSA ineptitude and American civil/military conflict81
British dependence escalates: the quest for a "solemn compact"87
4Roosevelt's promise: "your requirements will be met"97
The Lyttelton mission: seeking presidential action100
Roosevelt's flawed response105
Britain's response: the limits of self-reliance122
5The Casablanca Conference and its aftermath: a "most curious misunderstanding"133
The strategic and bureaucratic contexts for logistics diplomacy135
Somervell's demand: British cargo shipping for BOLERO139
Leathers' "commitment" to assist BOLERO142
Leathers' "commitment": imports crisis and TORCH reinforcements151
Civilian and military emergency in the Indian Ocean Area?156
Conflict over priorities: the Casablanca misunderstanding revealed and resolved164
6Reaping the whirlwind: the perils of impending victory177
Ensuring access to American ships: seeking flag transfer179
Seeking access to American cargo: frozen cargo shortage184
Conflicting Anglo-American logistical and strategic responses to North Atlantic shipping surplus and North American cargo shortage191
SEXTANT/EUREKA: confirming American strategic and logistical dominance221
Postscript and conclusions226
App. 1 Measuring merchant ship tonnage240
App. 2 The plight of British shipbuilding241
App. 3 Roosevelt's letter to Churchill, 30 November 1942242
App. 4 Behrens' interpretation of Roosevelt's letter244
App. 5 Text of SABWA 156, the CSAB (W) cable of 19 January 1943 which relayed the WSA's interpretation of Roosevelt's promise246
App. 6 Roosevelt's letter to Churchill, 28 May 1943247
Tables249
Notes258
Bibliography304
Index312

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