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The Origins of the Grand AllianceAnglo-American Military Collaboration from the Panay Incident to Pearl Harbor$
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William T. Johnsen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168333

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168333.001.0001

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Inching toward Collaboration, Autumn 1940

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(p.105) 6 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
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The Origins of the Grand Alliance
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William T. Johnsen

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168333.003.0006

The background behind Admiral Ghormley’s “informal” collaboration with Royal Navy leaders opens the chapter. The narrative analyzes in detail Ghormley’s interactions with the Bailey Committee of the Admiralty as well the strategic uncertainty and ambiguity within in which Ghormley had to operate. Although Ghormley made considerable progress in his conversations with the British, events on the other side of the globe in the Far East did not enjoy similar success. The narrative outlines the initial U.S.-British collaboration in the Far East and the significant rifts that existed between U.S. and British national interests, strategy, and war plans. The chapter next examines the travails associated in ongoing negotiations over the allocation of U.S. war materiel to Britain, once more using aircraft as the case study. This discussion highlights many of the frictions that surfaced in Anglo-American collaborative efforts at this juncture.

Keywords:   Sir Sidney Bailey, Robert L. Ghormley, Thomas C. Hart, Malay Barrier, Sir Dudley Pound, William R. Purnell, Singapore, Sir John Slessor, Harold R. Stark

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