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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Table Of Contents:List of mapsList of tablesPrefaceList of abbreviations and codewordsIntroduction11"Not what it could or should be": Britain's shipping situation5Shipping capacity assessments6British shipbuilding in the thirties: a strategic industry collapses13British shipbuilding at war152"Beyond our power without your help": Britain's Battle of the Atlantic28The consequences of the fall of France29Escort availabilities and priorities30The aims and flaws of import programming33Ships in port: the internal transport crisis of 1940-194148Ships under repair: a question of priorities583"But westward, look, the land is bright": American shipping assistance from neutrality to belligerency, March 1941-November 194264The Salter mission: the magnitude & limits of 1941 allocations66Allied strategy and the external origins of the 1942-1943 British shipping crisis: US belligerency, strategic conflict, and the decision for TORCH72Allied logistics and the external origins of the 1942-1943 British shipping crisis: WSA ineptitude and American civil/military conflict81British dependence escalates: the quest for a "solemn compact"874Roosevelt's promise: "your requirements will be met"97The Lyttelton mission: seeking presidential action100Roosevelt's flawed response105Britain's response: the limits of self-reliance1225The Casablanca Conference and its aftermath: a "most curious misunderstanding"133The strategic and bureaucratic contexts for logistics diplomacy135Somervell's demand: British cargo shipping for BOLERO139Leathers' "commitment" to assist BOLERO142Leathers' "commitment": imports crisis and TORCH reinforcements151Civilian and military emergency in the Indian Ocean Area?156Conflict over priorities: the Casablanca misunderstanding revealed and resolved1646Reaping the whirlwind: the perils of impending victory177Ensuring access to American ships: seeking flag transfer179Seeking access to American cargo: frozen cargo shortage184Conflicting Anglo-American logistical and strategic responses to North Atlantic shipping surplus and North American cargo shortage191SEXTANT/EUREKA: confirming American strategic and logistical dominance221Postscript and conclusions226App. 1 Measuring merchant ship tonnage240App. 2 The plight of British shipbuilding241App. 3 Roosevelt's letter to Churchill, 30 November 1942242App. 4 Behrens' interpretation of Roosevelt's letter244App. 5 Text of SABWA 156, the CSAB (W) cable of 19 January 1943 which relayed the WSA's interpretation of Roosevelt's promise246App. 6 Roosevelt's letter to Churchill, 28 May 1943247Tables249Notes258Bibliography304Index312
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|Book:||Conflict Over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy In The Second World War|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of Pages:||336|
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