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Comprehension
1a How can you tell from this extract that convoys were regular?
1b According to this extract, what goods were in short supply and what goods were not?
1c Explain the problem with regard to Hurricanes.
1d What were the problems with Churchill tanks?


Analysis and Interpretation
1e Put yourself in the position of the War Cabinet looking at the issue of the tanks. Here is your situation:
Soviet troops are actively fighting German forces in the East while your troops are fighting in North Africa. They need the more powerful tanks, and so do you. What would you have done?
1f The War Cabinet continued sending the less powerful tanks to the USSR, even thought they were not a match for the German tanks. How do you interpret this? Would you say:
  • It shows an early example of Cold War tensions
  • It simply shows that supplies were in short supply all round
  • I want to study the other sources in this Case Study before I answer.


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Extracts from a War Cabinet meeting concerning convoys of supplies to the USSR, December 1942

Extracts from a War Cabinet meeting concerning convoys of supplies to the USSR, December 1942