Friday, May 05, 2006

Lend Lease

The enactment of the Lend-Lease Act on 11 March 1941 by the United States was a major event that greatly helped the British. They also allocated equipment for Greece, although this was too late to be any use there. The Americans had allocated 30 Grumman F4F fighters, 50 field guns, and ammunition for Greece. They were shipped in early April, but this equipment, along with some alloted to Yugoslavia, didn't arrive at their intended destination, due to the German invasion that started 6 April. Production in the United States was very small, in some types of equipment. They produced only 16 tanks in March 1941. The Grant tank prototype had been produced in April and in May, the M3 Stuart light tank went into mass production. One outcome after Lend Lease was that large-scale shipments of American equipment were started in May 1941. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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