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Lend-Lease Tanks. Agreements and supply lines for BTT

After the defeat of France and the Dunkirk evacuation, Great Britain, as well as its colonies and dominions, remained the only countries leading the armed struggle against the Axis powers. Modern technology and strategic materials are not enough, so it was decided to resort to the procurement of necessary equipment from an overseas neighbor. Initially, US enterprises sold equipment and weapons against provisional cash. But since Britain’s gold and currency reserves were rapidly melting, and the international situation was not improving, and the threat of war spreading to the United States, under pressure from President 11 in March 1942, the US Senate and House of Representatives passed the Lend-Lease Act (lend - lend, lease - lease), granting the US government the right to sell, transfer, lease or otherwise supply military materials and information to the government of any country if its “defense against aggression” is important for the United States. States

The law established a system of lend-lease payments:
materials destroyed during the war or unsuitable for further use are not subject to any payment;
materials remaining after the war and suitable for civilian needs are paid in full or in part in the form of a long-term loan;
war materials remain in recipient countries, the US government reserves the right to reclaim them;
equipment that was not completed by the end of the war, and ready-made materials stored in warehouses in the United States can be acquired by customer states, with the US government providing a loan to pay for it.

Lend-Lease Tanks. Agreements and supply lines for BTT
Photo of the Birmingham rally on the occasion of the transfer of the British tanks USSR, 28.09.1941/XNUMX/XNUMX

The adopted law was intended mainly to regulate the supply of arms and strategic materials to Greece and England, but the situation has radically changed with the entry into the Second World War of the Soviet Union. In the evening of June 22 1941, speaking on the radio, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said that over the past 25 years, no one has been a more consistent opponent of communism than he. But now the United Kingdom has one fixed goal: it is determined to destroy Hitler and the Nazi regime. Therefore, any state that fights against Nazism will receive British aid. "We will provide all the help we can to Russia and the Russian people."

24 June and the US government has declared its readiness to support the Soviet Union in the fight against the German fascist invaders. Already 12 July 1941, the "Agreement between the governments of the USSR and Great Britain on joint actions in the war against Germany" was signed. On the Soviet side, the document was signed by I.V. Stalin and V.Molotov, with the English side - the British ambassador to the USSR S.Kripps. 16 August 1941, an agreement was reached with England on trade, credit and clearing. It provides for a loan to the Soviet Union in the amount of 10 million pounds, as well as the supply of British tanks, aircraft and other types of weapons on principles similar to the American lend-lease. At the end of July, US President F. Roosevelt sent his personal representative Harry Hopkins to study the military and economic situation of the USSR. Based on the results of his 5 September mission, 1941, it was decided that the United States would cover half of the Soviet armament bid promised by Britain. In September, W. Churchill informed the Soviet side about the start of British supplies to the USSR. The Anglo-American mutual assistance talks, which began in London on September 15 1941, were very tense, as the United Kingdom wanted to redistribute the flow of American aid itself. However, such a proposal was rejected by the American side.

Unloading English tanks "Matilda". Arkhangelsk, February 1942 of the year

Transportation of Sherman tanks through Romania, September 1944

September 28 A.Harriman and G.Stendli with Lord U. Beeverbrook arrived on board the cruiser "London" in Arkhangelsk, from where they left by plane to Moscow. September 29 started the Moscow conference of representatives of the USSR, the UK and the USA. From the Soviet Union, JV Stalin, KE Voroshilov, representatives of defense, navy and foreign drug addicts participated in it. According to the results of the conference, the Soviet Union lend-lease benefits were extended from October 1 1941. A. Garriman signed a protocol for 9 months with a volume of 1 billion dollars. November 7 this decision was confirmed by the President of the United States, but the actual supply of armored vehicles began only with the 1942 year, since the United States only launched its own tanks. Therefore, in the 1941, only British armored products were supplied to the USSR.

In February 1942, Roosevelt advanced the second billion dollars and wished to revise the terms of the loan. These issues were discussed in Washington during Molotov’s visit to the USA in May 1942. A second protocol was prepared for the 1 year, according to which deliveries with a total volume of 8 million tons of cargo were planned. 10-12 March 1943, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States approved the extension of the Lend-Lease Act. At the same time, in the 1943 year, British shipments to the USSR decreased by more than 1942 / 2 compared to 3 a year. In accordance with the adopted protocol, Canada assumed the British obligations to supply the USSR. Despite diplomatic difficulties (until the USSR and Canada had no diplomatic missions before 5.02.1942, and only 12.06.1942 was established official relations between them), Canadian products began to arrive in the USSR in large quantities (including Valentine tanks and tank repair shops). ). American, British, and Canadian shipments to the USSR continued until July of the 1945 year, but the Red Army also used allied tanks and trucks in the war with Japan.

In order to analyze the ways and volume of cargo traffic of armored vehicles, it is necessary to study the documents on the organization and functioning of the reception departments of tanks (military "acceptance"). It was precisely to those points (with the exception of the Moscow Training Center in Gorky that received quite a lot of foreign equipment) where departments or groups for receiving armored vehicles were organized, foreign tanks and armored personnel carriers arrived. The closure of a military unit of military acceptance was the result of the termination of the cargo traffic of equipment in this area. The first allied transports with weapons and armored vehicles began to arrive in the port of Arkhangelsk in November, and in Murmansk - in December 1941. After unloading, the tanks were sent to the training center (Gorky), where they were received and mastered. However, 20.01.1942 in Arkhangelsk itself was organized by the department of military acceptance of foreign armored vehicles, and 4.04.1942 the same unit was formed in Iran for delivery of equipment through this country or through southern ports (the "Iranian" department of military acceptance was engaged only in cars, and tanks overtaken by a special brigade were taken in the city of Gorky).

Loading tanks "Matilda" in the hold of the ship heading to the USSR, 1942g.Unloading English tanks "Valentine" in the port of Baku. March 1943

Unloading British tanks "Matilda".Echelon with the English armored vehicles should be to the front. Winter 1942-43gg.

By the middle of 1942, in the North, there was an Arkhangelsk armored vehicle receiving center with branches (groups) in Bakaritsa, Molotovsk and Ekonomiya, Murmansk and Gorky tank accepting departments, "Iranian" and Gorky automobile and motorcycle accepting departments. In September, 1942, in connection with small volumes of supplies, was abolished the “Iranian point” of military acceptance of vehicles, and in December, 1942, due to the fact that the Germans cut the Murmansk-Leningrad highway, the Murmansk tank reception department was also abolished. In March, 1943 caravans with armored vehicles began to arrive in the port of Baku, in September 1943 - in the port of Vladivostok, where, accordingly, two new departments for receiving allied equipment were organized. Since the beginning of 1944, due to the improvement of the military and political situation, the Murmansk department has resumed its work. The last major direction of Allied deliveries was the path through the liberated Odessa, where due to the closure of the Baku branch in February 1945, its own department for receiving BT equipment was opened.

Thus, during the entire period of the war, there were three main areas of supply of armored vehicles in the USSR:
North (ports of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk)
Southern (ports of Baku and Odessa)
Far East (Vladivostok)

Supplies of tanks and self-propelled guns in the USSR for 1944

Regions of incomeTotalМ4А2 "Sherman""Valentine III-V""Valentine VII""Valentine IX-X""Valentine" Bridge Layer"Cromwell" A 27SAU M10SAUT-70
to the ports of the North1727146533-19925--5
to the ports of the South100780049991-652-
to the ports of the East8080-------
Total by types28142345829290256525

Deliveries of light SAU, ZSU and BTR in the USSR for 1944

Regions of incomeTotalMZA1 "Scout"MK.I "Universal"SU-57 (T48)M17M15
in the north459141123924324
to the ports of the South3349180733937075776
to the ports of the East66-*-
Total by types381419543514091000100

At the end of the Second World War, various equipment, supplied under Lend-Lease and mutual agreements in the USSR and suitable for civilian needs, was to return to the sending countries. Therefore, part of the trucks after the overhaul in 1947 was returned to the American side. As for armored vehicles, in order to avoid returning tanks and armored vehicles to Great Britain and the United States (already potential enemies), the USSR government presented the remaining tanks and armored vehicles as scrap (in general, it was not far from reality), and few serviceable during 1946-1947, the vehicles were handed over to the allies in the socialist camp. From the financial point of view, the American government, which “forgave” all the other countries of the Lend-Lease system, paid for supplied weapons and materials against the Soviet Union (of course, for political reasons) continued to make claims, assessed first at 2,6 and then in 1,3 billion dollars. But the real agreement was reached only in the years of "detente" (18.10.1972). It was decided that the Soviet Union had to pay 722 million dollars subject to the provision of the most-favored-nation treatment in trade with the United States, as well as export credits and guarantees, to it by the American side. However, the implementation of the agreements was not implemented by the American side in full, which gave the Soviet Union a reason to refuse to pay the agreed amount.
Articles from this series:
Lend-Lease Tanks. Agreements and supply lines for BTT
Lend-Lease Tanks. Volumes and modifications
Lend-Lease Tanks. Preparation, completing and staffing structure of parts
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  1. Sasha 19871987
    Sasha 19871987 April 2 2013 10: 33
    we paid them in full for land lease ...
  2. Evgan
    Evgan April 2 2013 10: 35
    Churchill’s table does not include at least Churchill’s
  3. 755962
    755962 April 2 2013 11: 22
    For the American imperialists, it was a business ... The decisive contribution was made by Soviet weapons. As you recall the caravan of PQ-17 ....
    1. opkozak
      opkozak April 2 2013 15: 41
      For the American imperialists, it was a business ..

      In a way, yes:
      "According to Stettinius, Senator George, Chairman of the Finance Committee, explained why it is worth spending money on a Lend-Lease program:

      The nation now spends about 8 billion a month. If it were not for the preparations that we made in these months, having won time, the war, I am sure, would have continued for a year longer. Every year we spend up to $ 100 billion on war, and besides, we could lose a huge number of lives of the best sons of the nation. Even reducing the war by only six months, we will save $ 48 billion by spending only 11 billion, and the blood of our soldiers, the tears of our mothers, cannot be estimated at all ...
      1. Evgan
        Evgan April 3 2013 10: 03
        It is right when the state takes care of the lives of its people - even at the expense of the lives of its "allies". I put the word in quotation marks, because we became allies by force, without mutual striving, but only under the influence of circumstances.
  4. omsbon
    omsbon April 2 2013 12: 08
    Human lives and American babosos are not commensurate things!
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov April 2 2013 12: 16
      Not so simple. They say they truly worked in a Stakhanov style. Like ours, we stayed to sleep at work.
      1. carbofo
        carbofo April 2 2013 20: 29
        Quote: Spade
        Not so simple. They say they truly worked in a Stakhanov style. Like ours, we stayed to sleep at work.

        do not confuse the government and the people, they lied to the people by 99%, and then and after, when they frightened everyone to such an extent that now everyone in the house has a basement armored and 2 trunks per snout.

        We do not feel such fear, not those people !.
  5. Takashi
    Takashi April 2 2013 14: 56
    somewhere in the newspaper, a long time ago, it was published: that Russia closed the last tranche of Lend-Lease, or in 2001? in 2010? Recently.
  6. Genady1976
    Genady1976 April 2 2013 17: 44
    "The Soviet Union paid in full for the debts of Lend-Lease blood."
  7. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi April 2 2013 22: 58
    By the way, if you carefully study the development of the US Armed Forces up to 1940, both structurally and military-technical, a strong belief is created that they did not plan to fight at all. NE of one of the largest countries in the world looked simply ridiculous.
    1. carbofo
      carbofo April 4 2013 02: 47
      Who was to conquer them?
  8. washi
    washi April 2 2013 23: 25
    from the supply of aviation and tanks it was necessary to refuse
    1. avt
      avt April 3 2013 09: 15
      Quote: Vasya
      from the supply of aviation and tanks it was necessary to refuse

      Well this is generally request enough! I don’t even want to talk about airplanes, complete nonsense. And in tanks, I had a distant relative who had a mechanical drive on Valentine, praised the car very much, they were only unhappy with the cannon. They got it at first 40mm, then they went 57mm, it seemed easier. For light things.
  9. Argon
    Argon April 3 2013 00: 13
    Strongly disagree with respected Vasya. And what would we defend the Caucasus? The Kirov current plant moved, Sormovsky could not begin to release, Stalingradsky was closed. You understand the situation with airplanes, if you look at what our Asy-GSS flew. But the most deplorable business was with automobiles, the main GAZ products became T-60, T-70a and then Su-76, and ZIL reduced the output of cars by 87%, which they current did not produce mortars and machine guns. And we didn’t get to Berlin at all on a bay filly, but on an all-wheel drive studentbacker, a copy of which we were only able to produce after the war.
  10. pinecone
    pinecone April 3 2013 09: 24
    Quote: Argon
    the most deplorable cases were with vehicles

    Absolutely right. The equipment of the Moscow ZIS automobile plant was evacuated to the east (Mias and Ulyanovsk) in October 1941. , but the full-scale production of automotive equipment to deploy there failed.
    As for the Gorky Automobile Plant named after Molotov (GAZ), then about the grave consequences inflicted on him in early June 1943. a series of German air strikes can be read, for example, at
    There is enough information on this subject.