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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This includes types involved in the Lend-Lease program as well as aircraft obtained by other means, such as B-29s interned after landing in the Soviet Union.
My source on the 600 shiploads was Anthony Kubek, chairman, University of Dallas Political Science Department, who wrote in How the Far East Was Lost that "some 600 shiploads of Lend-Lease supplies were sent by the United States across the Pacific to Vladivostok and Siberian ports to use against Japan." Obviously, Lend-Lease locomotives, trucks, tanks, etc., did not reach Russia on fighter planes to Kamchatka.
Senate Nevada's Pat McCarran rose to speak against Lend-Lease. "If this bill is passed," said the Senator, "every boy who goes into the Army next month will be going for good.