Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in by Kevin Smith

By Kevin Smith

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

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Cargo vessels' entrances into British ports had fallen 35 percent in July, and military demands for tonnage had risen 29 percent between March and July. It seemed that the 43 million tons program for the second year of war might have to be reduced by 10 percent even if port congestion and crew delays were avoided. The importing departments resisted this challenge. Perhaps unfortunately, German advances had eased Britain's burden temporarily by diverting a 1 million ton cargo windfall from conquered continental destinations.

They had drifted to industries with better working conditions, including more pay, job security, and lighter (and indoor) work. Others moved within the shipbuilding industry from merchant building to better pay in naval rearmament and merchant or naval repairs. Also, 3,000 skilled workers who were in the military reserves had actually been called up from this vital industry for military service. The removal of this patriotic core of workers reduced efficiency. Just 569 had been returned by April 1940.

No other vital industry had endured a comparative collapse. Fewer apprenticeships had compressed the flow of youthful laborers. Also, young skilled workers "without any prospect" of future shipbuilding employment had consequently left the industry. They were often engaged in vital war work elsewhere. They had drifted to industries with better working conditions, including more pay, job security, and lighter (and indoor) work. Others moved within the shipbuilding industry from merchant building to better pay in naval rearmament and merchant or naval repairs.

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