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Britain, Turkey and the Soviet Union, 1940-45: Strategy, by N. Tamkin

By N. Tamkin

This ebook attracts at the most modern archival releases together with these from the key international of British intelligence to supply the 1st entire research of Anglo-Turkish family members throughout the moment global conflict, with a specific emphasis on Turkeys position within the altering courting among Britain and the Soviet Union.

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Marginally involved in Soviet–Turkish relations during this period, Winston Churchill played a decisive role in British policy in the Balkans. So too, once he became Foreign Secretary at the end of December 1940, did Anthony Eden. * * * Before war even broke out in Europe, it was clear that the idea of the Balkan entente as ‘almost a new Great Power’ was misconceived. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 The Balkan Front, October 1940 to April 1941 further aggression in the Balkans following the Italian occupation of Albania.

They clung to this conviction for several months, despite evidence that this conception did not correspond with the harsh realities in the Balkans. Misperceptions of Turkey’s Balkan role contributed to the pursuit of a chimerical Balkan Front until April 1941. Misapprehension of Hitler’s intentions – the assumption that he would strike against the Balkans as a prelude to an offensive in the Middle East, rather than the invasion of the Soviet Union – further distorted British policy. They sought immediate Turkish belligerency, despite staff studies indicating that military weakness would make Turkey a liability in any Balkan war, and jeopardise Turkey’s ability to buttress the British front in the Middle East.

70 30 Britain, Turkey and the Soviet Union, 1940–45 Germany invades the Soviet Union The launch of Operation ‘Barbarossa’ on 22 June finally eradicated British suspicions of a new Nazi–Soviet pact. It did not alter Turkish suspicions of Soviet policy, however. When Turkish politicians attempted to explain the foundations on which these were based – specifically the alleged Soviet demands for bases at the Straits, revealed by Hitler in March – the FO was dismissive. ‘This is really monstrous.

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