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The SailorFranklin D. Roosevelt and the Transformation of American Foreign Policy$
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David F. Schmitz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180441

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180441.001.0001

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Forging the Grand Alliance

Forging the Grand Alliance

(p.140) 6 Forging the Grand Alliance
The Sailor

David F. Schmitz

University Press of Kentucky

Roosevelt's grand strategy of ensuring the survival of Great Britain and the Soviet Union was based on the understanding that Germany was the most dangerous enemy and Berlin defeated first. It was also predicated on the idea that World War II provided the United States a second chance to take up its rightful place as a world leader. As the nation fully mobilized in 1942, the Grand Alliance struggled with question of the best strategy for defeating Germany with the Soviet Union seeking an immediate second front and Great Britain wanting to attack Germany in the Mediterranean. Roosevelt ultimately sided with the British. As the course of the war started to turn in favor of the Allies with the victory at Midway over Japan's navy, the successful attack on North Africa, and the Russians victory at Stalingrad, Roosevelt met with Churchill in Casablanca and sought to solidify Grand Alliance with the declaration of unconditional surrender.

Keywords:   FDR, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Internationalism, World War Two, WWII, Grand Alliance, Second Chance, Second Front, Casablanca, Unconditional Surrender, Churchill

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