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By Kevin Smith

Clash Over Convoys examines the conflict of the Atlantic from the point of view of Anglo-American international relations, deepening our knowing of Allied approach, British business decline, and operations TORCH and OVERLORD. Britain's dependence on American ships and logistical help created controversy over the regulate of army method; victory within the Atlantic finally allowed the USA to dominate Allied logistics international relations. clash Over Convoys exhibits how those tensions replicate the decline of British hegemony and America's upward push to international impact.

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Only £3,500,000 was loaned and less than 200,000 tons of new building resulted in 1936-1937. " R. A. C. Parker has shown that the doctrinaire reluctance to interfere in industry was reinforced by a growing belief that the real problem was a shortage of skilled labor. This predicament was especially aggravated in the shipbuilding industry. Unions were reluctant to accept expansion of the skilled workforce and thereby risk renewed postwar unemployment. No one could visualize an industrial policy that would be acceptable in peacetime.

Asking parochial Englishmen to move within their own country inspired exorbitant demands for compensation. National statistics of skilled labor shortages were therefore far less significant than regional or even local calculations. Poor industrial relations enhanced the problem. 27 "Not what it could or should be" 19 More skilled and semi-skilled workers were needed. " Dilution would introduce unskilled or semi-skilled workers into squads of fully skilled workers, releasing some fully skilled workers to serve as a nucleus elsewhere.

They expected American rescue from real cuts. Churchill had shared this inflated hope when he estimated Britain's import need at 43 million tons in his 8 December 1940 letter to Roosevelt which sparked Lend-Lease. After Lend-Lease passed in March, Hopkins returned to this issue, helping negotiate American shipping allocations to British routes. By then, Britain had long since adjusted to imports well below 40 million tons. The importing departments were soon forced to produce more realistic programs.

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