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

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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 strategy; 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.

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"...this book is solid and well researched....Smith has used a wealth of private and public sources, mostly British, but many American as well, to buttress his story. He well illustrates the logistical problems of the alliance and the interaction between civilians and the military in achieving hard-fought consensus over military strategy during the war." The Journal of American History

"I highly recommend the book as a significant contribution to both military history and the history of the Second World War, its wide scope highlights a number of subjects....Smith's excellent footnotes and comprehensive bibliography will provide scholars with a valuable guide to future studies." Keith W. Bird, The Journal of Military History

"Overall this book is solid and well researched....Smith has used a wealth of private and public sources, mostly British but many American as well, to buttress his story. He well illustrates the logistical problems of the alliance and the interaction between civilians and the military in acieving hard-fought consensus over military strategy during the war." Richard W. Fanning, Journal of American History

"...Smith has made an important contribution to our knowledge of numerous aspects of the World War II Grand Alliance." Mark A. Stoler, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521520300
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith sold his comic book collection to fund the movie Clerks, and after it became a huge cult hit he was able to buy them back. One of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent film-makers of recent years, Smith was the producer of the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and has also written and directed Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl and Clerks II. He is an actor, having appeared in the new Die Hard movie and the Friends spin-off, Joey, among others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 'Not what it could or should be': Britain's shipping situation; 2. 'Beyond our power without your help': Britain's Battle of the Atlantic; 3. 'But westward, look, the land is bright': American shipping assistance from neutrality to belligerency, March 1941–November 1942; 4. Roosevelt's promise: 'Your requirements will be met'; 5. The Casablanca Conference and its aftermath: a 'most curious misunderstanding'; 6. Reaping the whirlwind: the perils of impending victory; Postscript and conclusions; Appendices.

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