Re: Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Non-Sports Question...
posted at 12/7/2012 4:28 PM EST
In response to tom-uk's comment:
Lend Lease Tom....we may not have commited Men to war until December. but Billions of Dollars before in Military supplies(almost a trillion in todays dollars) earlier in 1941. If we had done two years earlier the Brits might have been able to stem Germany's advance by themselves.
Good point Tom, this article explains that the US public was unhappy about unpaid UK WWI debts. When I tell a Brit that many "non-political" Americans did not want to see their children sent off to die in ANOTHER European war, the Brits has never considered that view. BBC 2006:
On 31 December (2006), the UK will make a payment of about $83m (£45.5m) to the US and so discharge the last of its loans from World War II from its transatlantic ally.
"In a nutshell, everything we got from America in World War II was free," says economic historian Professor Mark Harrison, of Warwick University.
"The loan was really to help Britain through the consequences of post-war adjustment, rather than the war itself. This position was different from World War I, where money was lent for the war effort itself."
Britain had spent a great deal of money at the beginning of the war, under the US cash-and-carry scheme, which saw straight payments for materiel. There was also trading of territory for equipment on terms that have attracted much criticism in the years since. By 1941, Britain was in a parlous financial state and Lend-Lease was eventually introduced.
....the US had effectively donated equipment for the war effort, but anything left over in Britain at the end of hostilities and still needed would have to be paid for.
But the price would please a bargain hunter - the US only wanted one-tenth of the production cost of the equipment and would lend the money to pay for it.
And while the UK dutifully pays off its World War II debts, those from World War I remain resolutely unpaid. And are by no means trifling. In 1934, Britain owed the US $4.4bn of World War I debt (about £866m at 1934 exchange rates). Adjusted by the Retail Price Index, a typical measure of inflation, £866m would equate to £40bn now, and if adjusted by the growth of GDP, to about £225bn. And although Britain was unable to pay its debts, it was also owed the whacking sum of £2.3bn.
"In a 1945 state department survey on the US public's attitudes to its wartime allies, Britain was one of the least trusted countries," says Dr Clavin.
Good Article Tom. Unfortuantely, it was an Ill informed US public that did not want to get involved. German Atrocities seemed to be pretty well known, but most of it was never reported to the American Public.....and in Congress, even before the War, Republicans were more worried about Communism then they were about Hitler.....I would bet most Americans how no idea how devastating the Blitzkrieg was in England. Add that to the fact that we were a country who had were still struggling to get out of a Depression...it was a perfect storm of Apathy