Accession Number:

ADA224350

Title:

'A Supreme Act of Faith'. George C. Marshall and the Transfer of Munitions to Great Britain, May-June 1940

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

This thesis is on the role of General George C. Marshall in the decision to transfer large quantities of U.S. munitions to Great Britain. It argues that Marshalls priorities were not altered by the German victories in the spring of 1940. It also explains how the Chief of Staff of the Army resisted transfers of modern weapons abroad in 1939 and 1940. At the same time, he accepted that building a balanced army, one equipped with modern weapons, could not be done either rapidly or with the WWI surplus weapons sent to England. Therefore, he supported the transfer.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE