Tuesday, June 13, 2006
More Churchill intervention in later 1941
Political concerns continued to drive the Prime Minister's agenda on the Middle East. He relented and was going to allow 25,000 more air personnel to be transported to the Middle East, but in fact, only 15,000 were sent by the end of 1941. Everyone but Churchill also wanted more "reinforcements and drafts" to build up existing units that had been depleted, but Churchill wanted to send out new divisions, instead, to have more British divisions in the field, so that all the fighting was not being done by "the Dominions". Even that did not happen. Churchill had asked President Roosevelt for shipping for two "regular British divisions", but in the event, there was only shipping available for one, and that to be sent from Halifax, and that division, the 18th, ended up being sent to the Far East, not the Middle East. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.