World War II, Almanac by George Feldman

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Saar (to Germany, 1935) FRANCE e R. nub Da SWITZ. m er Od er R an LITHUANIA East Prussia ia Vi s tul a R. Curzon Line Dni e per UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS P O L A N D . , 1 o (t Bohemia-Moravia (to Germany, 1939) akia S l ov Austria (to Germany, 1938) HUNGARY clear to the British and Americans that they considered this area part of the Soviet Union and that they would not restore Poland’s 1939 borders. ROMANIA Poland with 1939 and 1941 borders. Although the Soviets had not consulted the people who lived there, violating the principles of the Atlantic Charter, the British and Americans realized there was not much they could do.

And of all British political leaders, Churchill was the most strongly opposed to Indian independence. , for a series of meetings code-named Arcadia, that lasted from December 22, 1941, to January 14, 1942. The fact that the head of the British government, together with his most important military officers, spent that much time away from his country in wartime shows how vital these meetings were. The Arcadia Conference made several decisions that directed the entire war effort. The Germany first policy became official.

Cooperation between the British and Americans began very early in the war. In September 1940, the United States gave the British old but much-needed warships in return for the use of naval bases on British islands in the Caribbean. In March 1941, Congress passed the Lend-Lease law, which, in effect, allowed Britain to purchase huge quantities of arms and supplies on credit. Then, even though the United States was still neutral, the American navy played an increasing role in protecting the ships that carried these supplies from America to England.

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