Lend-Lease Memorial – Fairbanks, Alaska


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Industrial might lead to victory in WW2 Industrial might lead to victory in WW2

During the early years of World War Two in Europe, both Great Britain and Russia needed a vast amount of military equipment to combat Germany and other Allied nations needed help against Japan. These countries lost a lot of equipment in the early Axis onslaught and their need for replacements far surpassed their own production capability. Luckily the industrial might of the United States of America had the solution to this problem.

The Lend-Lease program proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in early 1941 (following requests from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill “Give us the tools and we will finish the job“) was enacted by the United States Congress on March 11th, 1941 to provide financial and military equipment aid to her allies (formally known as An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States). This was

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on November 15, 2014, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I sure don’t remember learning about this (embarrassed to say). Interesting that the UK finished payments in 2006. What a story


  2. Thanks for the reblog. Much appreciated!


    • No problem – this post fit right into the scheme of things and I can always count on your research capabilities! You might want to make a return trip here and see the great comments you received!


  3. Need is a wonderful motivator. I find it works for me too, though I rarely need to fight for my survival. It’s usually got to do with wordsmithing a bunch of recalcitrant words.


  4. I’d liked to have seen a bit more about the 50 ships the US transferred to Great Britain which became essential to the great ongoing Battle of the Atlantic, those ships though old were worth there weight in gold


  5. Very interesting article. The memorial in Alaska looks great. Thanks for sharing this, Everett!


  6. Great find – thanks for pointing this one out. I was not aware that som many countries were involved.


  7. The poor saps (heroes)in these tanks never had a chance against panzers.


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