The Importance Of The Lend Lease Policy
Provisions of the Lend-Lease Policy To get the Lend-Lease Policy passed, Roosevelt was forced to appease Congressional isolationists hell-bent on maintaining the goals of the Neutrality Acts of the early 1930s.
A. Base leases In exchange for weaponry from the United States, European countries would give the U.S. leases on army and naval bases in Allied territory during the war. The first official exchange came in October 1941. Roosevelt approved $1 billion in aid to Britain. In exchange, Britain and the United States passed the 1940 Destroyers of Bases Agreement. 50 US Navy destroyers were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Navy. Churchill also gave Roosevelt base rights in Bermuda and Newfoundland. This allowed British military assets to be redeployed in the region alongside US destroyers.
B. Scale The wide range of countries that received aid from the United States through lend-lease is tremendous. The following table from Wolfgang Schumann in Berlin illustrate the large scale of the