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Lend-Lease Act
When: 1941-1945
Where: All over the world—The US to allied powers
Who: US & Allied powers
What: program under which the United States of America supplied the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, France and other Allied nations with vast amounts of war material between 1941 and 1945 in return for, in the case of Britain, military bases in Newfoundland, Bermuda, and the British West Indies.
Historical Sign: This program is seen as a decisive step away from American non-interventionism since the end of World War I and towards international involvement. In sharp contrast to the American loans to the Allies in World War I, there were no provisions for postwar repayments. However, some historians are of the opinion that it was an attempt to bolster Britain and the other allies as a buffer to prevent the necessity of America becoming involved against Nazi Germany. Critical factor in eventual success of Allies in WW2, especially int he early years when US was not directly involved and bulk of the fighting fell on the British commonwealth and, later, the Soviet Union. In 1943-44 about 1/4 of all British munitions came through this. It was also a critical factor that brought the U.S. into the war, especially on the European front. Hitler cited the Lend-Lease program when he declared war on the US.
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