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There were, however, criticisms of this priority especially from those in US Naval circles who favoured a 'Pacific-first' strategy. Even General Marshall himself on one occasion threatened to reverse the priority. 70 There were also serious disputes, even between those British and American war planners advocating the defeat of Germany first, over how the objective ought to be achieved. Introduction 11 The re-afflrmation at 'Arcadia' in December 1941/January 1942 of the 'Germany-first' principle involved the acceptance by both allies that a defensive war should be fought in the Pacific.

Japan was the target designated in the Hyde Park aide-memoire but little discussion took place subsequently about the exact targets. Churchill, mindful of the limitations of Britain's position, did not wish to be too legalistic about the clause. Consequently when the United States asked for Britain's approval at a meeting of the CPC in April 1945 there was little or no debate. Instead, in July Churchill 20 Anglo-American Defence Relations 1939-1984 simply initialled a copy of the agreement reached at the CPC meeting between Stimson and the British representative, Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, and on 6 August 1945 the fust atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima.

46 Roosevelt was profoundly affected by the letter and in one of his 'fire-side chats' to the American people on 29 December he argued that the United States should become 'the arsenal of democracy'. The President employed his famous garden-hose metaphor and launched the idea of lend-lease - of supplying Britain with the materials she needed immediately while postponing payment in kind until after the war ended. Not surprisingly, given the continuing isolationist feelings in the United States at the time, the debate which subsequently took place over the lend-lease bill created 'considerable uproar' which lasted for several months.

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