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Russia's Life-Saver : Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II - Albert L. Weeks

Russia's Life-Saver

Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II

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'The United States is a country of machines. Without the use of these machines through Lend-Lease, we would lose this war.' -Josef Stalin (1943), quoted in W. Averell Harriman and Elie Abel, Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946, Random House, N.Y., 1975, p. 277 The United States shipped more than $12 billion in Lend-Lease aid to Stalin's Russia during World War II. Materials lent, beginning in late 1941 before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, included airplanes and tanks, locomotives and rails, construction materials, entire military production assembly lines, food and clothing, aviation fuel, and much else. Lend-Lease is now recognized by post-Soviet Russian historians as essential to the Soviet war effort. Wielding many facts and statistics never before published in the U.S., author Albert L. Weeks keenly analyzes the diplomatic rationale for and results of this assistance. Russia's Life-Saver is a brilliant contribution to the study of U.S.-Soviet relations and its role in World War II.

Russia's Life-Saver lifts the curtain on exactly how crucial U.S. Lend-Lease aid was to the USSR's eventual success against Germany in World War II. Until now, all we in the West could really do was guess. We of course knew what we had lent (the numerator) but we didn't know what the secretive Soviets needed (the denominator). Using new evidence from previously-closed Russian archives and new research by native Russian historians, and offering gripping conclusions, Dr. Weeks sets the record straight about this truly pivotal period of twentieth-century history. -- Kenneth MacWilliams, U.S. private investor in Russia since 1991; former Wall Street executive

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Assistance to Communist U.S.S.R.p. 4
Role of Soviet "Agents of Influence"p. 7
Today's Assessmentsp. 7
The "Arsenal of Democracy"p. 11
America Edges toward Warp. 12
The American Factorp. 14
Stalin Zigzagsp. 15
Two-Pronged Approachp. 18
The "American Colossus"p. 20
The Birth of Lend-Leasep. 22
Lend-Lease Underwayp. 25
Soviet Propaganda on Lend-Leasep. 28
Stalin and Americap. 31
Dealing with the Man in Charge, Stalinp. 32
Stalin's Weapon of Diplomacyp. 38
Stalin and FDRp. 39
Spies and Agents of Influencep. 41
Armand Hammer's Rolep. 49
Historical Roots of Lend-Lease--Ip. 52
Traditional Russian-American Tiesp. 54
Earliest Phase of Friendshipp. 55
Russia in the American Northwestp. 58
Russia and the American Civil Warp. 59
"Seward's Folly"p. 63
Historical Roots of Lend-Lease--IIp. 65
Russian-American Economic Tiesp. 65
Earliest Period of U.S. Technological Assistancep. 68
Assistance in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuriesp. 71
Railroad Buildingp. 72
Agricultural Machineryp. 74
U.S. Railroad Commission in Russia, 1917p. 76
Miscellaneous Technological Assistancep. 78
U.S. Technological Aid during the Soviet Periodp. 80
Western-Soviet Relations before "Barbarossa"p. 86
Ambivalence toward Germanyp. 87
America at a Distancep. 89
Perishable Nazi-Soviet Alliancep. 90
Warming toward the U.S.?p. 92
New Tensions with Germanyp. 93
Shift toward the Westp. 94
Preinvasion Detente Trendp. 96
"Ignoring" Warnings of Attackp. 98
The Welles-Umansky Talksp. 99
Demarchep. 103
The "Strange Alliance" Is Bornp. 107
The Great Patriotic War Beginsp. 108
Onwards to Aidp. 110
The First U.S.-Soviet Lend-Lease Talksp. 111
Planning the Main Routesp. 112
"The Russians Are Coming"p. 114
Lend-Lease Detailsp. 115
Trusting and Verifyingp. 121
Vital Food Aidp. 122
Spasibo ... But ...p. 124
Summation: Will the Debt Be Repaid?p. 128
Silver Bullion to Stalinp. 129
Settling the Debt Issuep. 133
The "Gratitude Factor"p. 135
Mutual Aid Agreement between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: June 11, 1942p. 137
Tables
Lend-Lease Shipments to the Soviet Union by Time Period, etc.p. 141
Aircraft Deliveries to the Soviet Union (by Route)p. 144
Aircraft Deliveries to the Soviet Union (by Type and Route)p. 145
Vehicles Delivered to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Programp. 146
Random Exports to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Programp. 147
Distribution of Tonnage by Ship Registry (Vessels Involved in the Transfer of Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union)p. 152
Cargo Shipped from the Western Hemisphere to the Soviet Unionp. 152
Bibliographyp. 153
Indexp. 165
About the Authorp. 175
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ISBN: 9780739107362
ISBN-10: 0739107364
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 28th March 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43