Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War

Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War

Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War

Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War

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During the Second World War, the United States furnished the Soviet Union more than 17,000,000 tons of supplies valued at over $10 billion. This massive program of military assistance occupied a central place in the wartime relations between the two nations. The failure of the United States to render effective assistance to the Russians in the first years of the war intensified an already deep Soviet distrust of the Western powers, and for a time threatened the existence of the alliance. By the end of 1943, however, lend- lease to the USSR had reached substantial proportions and it became a symbol of the spirit of allied cooperation encour-

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