What Is the Lend Lease Program?


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The Lend-Lease program was implemented by the United States under an act of the same name in 1941 to shift toward an active role in World War II. Under the program, the president of the United States was granted the authority to trade with another government for defense purposes.

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The Lend-Lease program allowed President Franklin Roosevelt to transfer certain forms of military equipment and materials to Britain. The understanding behind the trade was that the goods would be returned or paid for in the event of their survival through the conflict. The Lend-Lease program continued even after the official entry of the United States into World War II in the form of military equipment shipments to Allied nations.

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