#OTD20 | October 30, 1941
October 30, 1941: In a decisive move during a time of global turmoil, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves $1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to help Britain defend itself against Nazi Germany.
Amidst the backdrop of escalating warfare, the Lend-Lease policy becomes a vital instrument in bolstering Allied defense capabilities against the Axis powers.
With this substantial financial commitment, the United States signals not just its economic support but also its moral and strategic alignment with the Allies, even before entering the war directly.
By war's end, Lend-Lease to America's allies totals some $50 billion in aid — more than $600 billion in today's dollars.
The Lend-Lease program and other events leading to the United States' joining the war are chronicled in the program, "World War II: The Road to War," from the series "America in the 20th Century."
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