Bargaining for Supremacy: Anglo-American Naval Collaboration, 1937-1941

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3.
Attempting Practical Adjustments February 1938-June 1939

Despite the evidence of mistrust at the highest levels of government, the Ingersoll mission would have a continuing influence on Anglo-American relations. For one thing, logic suggested following up the general, strategic agreements with exchanges of tactical information. Strenuous efforts were made in this regard; yet even at this practical level détente ran into difficulty. At the same time it is obvious that while nothing binding was accomplished, the mission did provide the momentum for further strategic discussions. Once the two nations learned something about each other's naval plans the mutual knowledge itself became a persuasive argument for keeping abreast of changes. In the months leading up to World War II those changes would be significant. The situation seemed to make cooperation a necessity, but maneuver and advantage seeking were still much in evidence.

The 1938 version of ORANGE, developed after the Ingersoll conversations, was essentially a continuation of the compromise between U.S. Army and U.S. Navy planners. Each service got some of what it wanted. The army insisted that care be taken during the

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