Churchill, Whitehall and the Soviet Union, 1940–45 by Martin H. Folly (auth.)

By Martin H. Folly (auth.)

World struggle II threw Britain and the Soviet Union jointly as not going allies. This e-book examines British policy-makers' attitudes to cooperation with the USSR and indicates how perspectives of inner advancements within the USSR and of Stalin himself encouraged Churchill, the warfare cupboard and the overseas place of work to think that long term collaboration used to be a fascinating and plausible target. particularly, it was once assumed shared predicament to avoid destiny German aggression will be an enduring bond. Such attitudes considerably formed Britain's wartime coverage in the direction of the USSR, and for plenty of members, together with Churchill, performed a extra very important function than their long-standing anti-Communist attitudes.

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There were few informa l social contacts, and none of the political gossip that in other states provided so much in the way of in sight into developments. The Embassy did its best to satisfy the dema nd for solid information. The quality of despatches on interna l developments improved with the appoi ntm en t of Cripps' successor, Sir Archibald Clark Kerr. If the selection of Cripps had been unfortunate, the choice of Clark Kerr was in spired. He had been a success a t a number of difficult post s in non-democracies, culminating in his period in China from 1938 t o 1942.

He had seen them in fighting mood and now believed they wou ld su rvive. He felt his mission did much to lift morale - but he also experienced at first hand th e wall of suspicion regarding British policy, which st rengthe ned his belief in the error of that policy. On h is return he moved into the political field, believing that the all-important military coope rati on cou ld not be achieved unless thi s situation was rectified. Stalin's negative attitude in thei r second meetin g made a strong impression on Beaverbrook and he now beca me the champion of poli tica l concessions to the Soviet Union in addition to the supply of materiel.

Dward Grigg, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the we, howeve r, told Haro ld Nicolson that 80 per cent of the WO gave t he Soviets on ly te n days. Dill said the Germans would go throug h them li ke 'a knife through butter', and gave them odds of S- 4 on. 79 Initi a l Reactio n s: Churchill Fa vours an End to Reserve The unexpected fact of Soviet surviva l thus inevitably forced ce r· tain c hanges in views of the USSR - moreover that survival left it aligned with Brita in a nd an important pa rt of the Allied war effort.

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