An aide-de-camp of Napoleon. Memoirs of General Count de by Philippe Paul de Segur

By Philippe Paul de Segur

Rev. through his grandson, count number Louis de Ségur. Tr. by means of H. A. Patchett-Martin.

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31 The Anglo-Anlerican Trade Treaty The awareness of the importance of cultivating Anglo-American cooperation was shared by many Foreign Office officials. Mr F. Ashton- Isolationism and Appeasement 33 Gwatkin, head of economic relations at the Foreign Office, commented on his return from a six-weeks visit to the United States: In a play which I saw in London some years ago, a young Foreign Office secretary finds himself by accident, at a full meeting of the Cabinet ... He is asked by the philosophical Prime Minister what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, and he replies without hesitation: - 'Love and Anglo-American relations'.

Information leaked to a Congressional committee led to the United States Navy admitting that the American ship had pursued a German U-boat after being told its position by a British aircraft. 14 Indeed Roosevelt explained to Churchill the extent to which he was restricted by isolationist sentiment in Congress, and encouraged the Prime Minister's belief that he was trying to provoke a shipping incident in the Atlantic that would lead to war. In November 1941 key sections of the neutrality act were repealed: Washington reclaimed the right to send its ships anywhere, and to arm and protect them.

James F. Byrnes, the Director of the Office of War Mobilisation, pointed out on 5 October that the facts did not support this impression. Senators were told that although the British and American contributions might have been 'unequal' they had not been 'inequitable'. Byrnes warned Roosevelt on 17 February 1944 that further public discussion on the economic rivalry between Britain and the United States in the Middle East could give rise to 'strong and dangerous anti-British feeling'. A mutually satisfactory settlement should be reached at a high level as this could be difficult at the peace table.

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