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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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Easier Said Than Done

Easier Said Than Done

Implementing the American-British Conversations-1 Report, April–July 1941

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(p.161) 8 Easier Said Than Done
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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/9780813168333.003.0008

This chapter first establishes the geostrategic and military situation surrounding the initial efforts to implement the provisions of ABC-1. The discussion highlights how the intertwined problems of the return of the Battle of Britain; the Battle of the North Atlantic; British defeats in Greece, Crete, and North Africa; and the demands of the mobilization, equipping, and training of American forces complicated planning efforts. The narrative outlines the establishment of the initial U.S. and British military missions in London and Washington, respectively. The account contrasts the relative success in strategic and operational planning for coalition efforts in the European and Mediterranean with the inability of the American-Dutch-British (ADB) Conference in Singapore to craft comparable plans for the Far East that would meet objections from U.S. military leaders in Washington.

Keywords:   ABC-1 Report, ADB Report, Robert L. Ghormley, James E. Chaney, Singapore, special naval observer, London (SPENAVO), Special Army Observer Group, London (SPOBS), U.S. Special Observer Group

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