Lend-Lease Act

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Lend-Lease Act

Enacted by Congress in 1941 the Lend-Lease Act empowered the president to sell, transfer, lend, or lease war supplies—such as equipment, food, and weapons—to American allies during World War II. In exchange for the valuable assistance provided under the Lend-Lease Act (55 Stat. 31 [1941]), the Allies were to comply with the terms set by the president for repayment. The Office of Lend-Lease Administration was created pursuant to the act to oversee the implementation of the program, but this function was later transferred to the State Department.

Although the Lend-Lease Act was enacted to provide aid to China and the British Empire, eligibility under its provisions was expanded to include all Allies who were essential to the maintenance of the security of the United States. Subsequent reciprocal agreements with countries where American troops were stationed provided that the troops would receive comparable aid while stationed there.

President harry truman ended the lend-lease program in 1945.

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Britons had their first taste of Spam, chopped pork and ham, in March 1941 when the US Congress passed the Lend-Lease Act, allowing it to be exported to the Allied Forces during the Second World War.
before turning to a discussion of the progress of the Lend-Lease Act, the shrewd legislative PR gambit that has increased war supplies to Britain, although some White House political advisers worry that it could draw America into an unpopular war--and drive down the President's approval ratings.
Essentially lending official sanction to a trend that had been evolving in an ad hoc manner, the passage of the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941, cleared the way for establishment of a half-dozen flight schools run by private operators.