Reexamining the Coalition’s Grand Strategy, June–October 1941
This chapter further explores the difficulties encountered in implementing the provisions of the ABC-1 Report.U.S. leaders expressed doubts over British strategy for North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Far East as well as the efficacy of British bombing strategy. These issues are intertwined with rising demands placed on the U.S. industrial base by the massive mobilization of the U.S. Armed Forces. The entry of the Soviet Union into the war further complicated the already complex issue of priorities and allocation of war supplies and increased tensions within the coalition. The narrative offers a detailed description and analysis of the mixed results of the Atlantic Conference, the first direct face-to-face talks between Roosevelt and Churchill and their respective key military leaders at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, in August 1941. The chapter closes with further analysis of supply-allocation issues and the tensions they engendered within the soon-to-be Grand Alliance.
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