1st ed., 1965. Xi + 267 pp., map e.p's. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. In the summer of 1940 the British people stood ready to meet a German invasion but those in command knew there were not enough guns, ships or aircraft available. The most urgent problem facing Churchill and his Ministers was the shortage of destroyers. The only country in the world with a surplus was America, where fifty old First World War destroyers lay idle. The legal and political difficulties were great and the destroyer transfer became one of the main battlegrounds in US politics. Churchill's success was a defeat for America's isolationists and the foundation of the Anglo-American Alliance. In exchange for the fifty vital destroyers, the Royal Navy transferred naval base sites. In this American study, the author examines the delicate negotiations and the subsequent role of the rusty top-heavy destroyers that sailed so successfully under the White Ensign. FINE copy.