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Editor says, what if Adolf Hitler had thrown a monkey wrench into Lend-Lease? muses Eric Oppen. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1941,five months after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease bill into law (pictured), Operation Schraubenschlüssel was dismantled and US aid to Britain and China finally began in earnest.
Flugzeugträger Part 11: Operation SchraubenschlüsselSpecifically designed to throw a "monkey wrench" into the program, the Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer had organized a series of covert operations that disrupted America munition firms. This included the placement of rogue employees, destabilising buy-outs, transportation gaffes and various supply chain misinterventions that had ensured Britain and China only received a trickle of fulfilment for the large orders that they had placed.
A few short years later it emerged that the dismantling efforts had been somewhat overzealous. Some of the individuals placed under arrest with indecent haste had established dubious banking connections with the Nazis that were completely unconnected to Operation Schraubenschlüssel. One of these, the case of Prescott Bush, was taken up by the Californian Lawyer Richard Nixon who sought to restore the reputation of the private merchant bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Editor says, in authoring this article we explore a suggestion from Guest Historian Eric Oppen: What if the Germans had known war with Britain and France was likely, and had bought (secretly or otherwise) controlling interests in US munitions firms, so that when the British and French ordered stuff from them, they got a lot of dud or booby-trapped shells and ammunition? I was reading _The Dark Invader,_ by Rintelen, where he talks about the stuff he got up to, and thought that a lot more could have been done with that sort of shenanigans. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.