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Old December 29th, 2015, 01:01 AM   #1
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UK support to Entente in ww1


Several times i encroached upon this inofrmation in various reads
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By 1916, Britain was funding most of the Empire's war expenditures, all of Italy's and two thirds of the war costs of France and Russia, plus smaller nations as well.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom...British_Empire

Does anyobody here knows more about truthfulness of this info and UK material and financial aid to Allies in ww1?
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Old December 29th, 2015, 01:18 AM   #2
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The US was unwilling to loan money to the Entente members other than Britain and insisted that Britain underwrite the other Entente loans. Britain after the war despite being net creditor owed large sums to the US on behalf of the rest of the Entente. Britain supplied Coal to France. In ww1 France was a major industrial power and supplied a lot of equipment, notably the US forces.

(the US was not the arsenal of democracy in ww1 and supplied shell feelings or shells not weapons to the Entente)
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Old December 29th, 2015, 11:23 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Azatoth View Post
Several times i encroached upon this inofrmation in various reads
from wiki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom...British_Empire

Does anyobody here knows more about truthfulness of this info and UK material and financial aid to Allies in ww1?

Yes, the British and French contribution was so heavy that Brits had to ask for very heavy loans from the USA banks
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Old December 30th, 2015, 12:03 AM   #4
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Britain was a net creditor. Britain was owned more money by other nations, than it owed. Britain lent more money than it borrowed. And it underwrote all entente loans with the US.

Remember the US troops were shipped on British ships and armed with French artillery, tanks and aircraft.


Aircraft production in ww1 (frontline strength in 1918)
France 67,987 (4,500)
Britain 58,144 (3,300)
Germany 48,537 (2,300)
Italy 20,000 (1,200)
USA 15,000 (740)

Troops deployed (killed)
Russia 12mil (1.7 mil)
Germany 11 mil (1.7 mil)
Britain 9mil (900,000)
France 8.4 mil (1.3 mil)
USA 4.3 mil (126,000)

Production of Shells (Thousands)
Britain/Canada – 284,527
France – 291,458
Russia – 71,942
Italy – 90,940
USA – 50,940
Germany – 353,324
Austria – 53,629
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Old December 30th, 2015, 07:46 AM   #5
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Tnx Pugsville.Do you perhaps know something about on which terms UK borrowed to Entente and about repayment from debtors.Did all debtors repayed debts in full?
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Britain was a net creditor. Britain was owned more money by other nations, than it owed. Britain lent more money than it borrowed. And it underwrote all entente loans with the US.

Remember the US troops were shipped on British ships and armed with French artillery, tanks and aircraft.


Aircraft production in ww1 (frontline strength in 1918)
France 67,987 (4,500)
Britain 58,144 (3,300)
Germany 48,537 (2,300)
Italy 20,000 (1,200)
USA 15,000 (740)

Troops deployed (killed)
Russia 12mil (1.7 mil)
Germany 11 mil (1.7 mil)
Britain 9mil (900,000)
France 8.4 mil (1.3 mil)
USA 4.3 mil (126,000)

Production of Shells (Thousands)
Britain/Canada – 284,527
France – 291,458
Russia – 71,942
Italy – 90,940
USA – 50,940
Germany – 353,324
Austria – 53,629

The traditional Jingoism doesn't help.

I suggest to read a book about the heavy loans from American banks.



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