Tom Goldstein, "A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II"

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the British 30% of their war material. The U.S. mainly sent the USSR things to aid mechanization, such as trucks, which allowed both countries to fight a war of movement.

Dr. Kennedy was next asked if the United States, using the strategy Dr. Kennedy had just outlined, had consciously taken the easy way out in terms of using fewer combat units than their allies? Dr. Kennedy responded by pointing to the geographic position of the U.S. - we were protected from invasion, he said, and therefore did not have as immediate a threat as Britain or the USSR. The American approach to World War II was not cynical, he added, it was merely the least cost pathway to victory and for this it was commendable. This statement was then met with a follow up question: if the war had been finished earlier because of greater American combat units being committed, would not fewer people have died overall? Especially in terms of the Holocaust and the tremendous Soviet losses, would not increased involvement by the United States have saved lives? Dr. Kennedy answered that FDR did not willfully follow a strategy intended to make the Soviets bear the brunt of the fighting. Yet they did bear the brunt in the European theater, and this was an unfortunate corollary to an American strategy that was the best course for the United States to pursue.

After the questions, the lecture concluded and was followed by a brief reception.


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