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

By N. Tamkin

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

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Rather, it was believed to indicate Hitler’s intention to mount an immediate coercive campaign and/or offensive in the Balkans, aiming to reach the Straits by the end of 1940. 28 Limited intelligence on the Nazi– Soviet conversations in Berlin, and the extent to which the clash of interests in the Balkans confirmed Hitler in his decision to strike against the Soviet Union, distorted British assessments of the Balkan situation until the spring of 1941. Turkey was believed to be as much a German objective as the other Balkan nations.

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.

Com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 Introduction Britain, Turkey and the Soviet Union, 1940–45 concluded that the treaty ‘has . . ’86 On 26 June, the Turkish government rejected the Allied request to enter the war, invoking the Soviet clause of the treaty of alliance. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 18 Turkey During the Period of Anglo-Russian Antagonism, June 1940 to June 1941 Viewed dispassionately, the Turks had more than sufficient grounds to remain non-belligerent in the summer of 1940, without invoking the Russian protocol of the Treaty of Alliance.

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