The Lend-Lease Program
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Lend-Lease was the name of a U.S. program designed to help supply Great Britain,
Russia, and other Allies during World War II.  The start of Lend-Lease in
1941 marked the end of America's attempt to remain neutral in the
conflict.  It clearly put America on the side of the Allies.
The program continued until the end of the war in 1945.

Below:  Crates of guns sent under the Lend-Lease program are being unpacked
in England after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from a factory in the U.S. 

Below:  The U.S. also sent radio equipment, tanks, airplanes,
ships, and other war material the Allies needed.

Below:  These women worked in a Kroeger factory in Ohio to prepare
canned pork for shipment to the Allies as part of the Lend-Lease program.
Many thousands of tons of food were sent to the Allies during the war.

Below:  Barrels of powdered milk sent to Great Britain, Russia,
and other Allies as part of the Lend-Lease program.

  Below:  A ship under construction in a U.S. shipyard for use by Great Britain
under the Lend-Lease program.

In partial payment for material America sent under the Lend-Lease program,
Great Britain allowed the U.S. to build navy and air force bases on
the island of Bermuda and other places in the Caribbean.

All photos are from the Library of Congress.
The map is by David Burns.
Some have been edited or resized for this page.

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