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Although Marshall yearned for action, he was well aware of American unpreparedness. At the time 40 tanks were apportioned between four armored divisions. Air enthusiasts, including Roosevelt, eagerly awaited the massive production build-up of air forces as envisioned in ABC-2, thereby eliminating (according to the theory) the need for large ground forces. 22 Churchill could defend his willingness to invade the Continent in the bombers' wake, executed only after Germany's total collapse. British General Morgan summed up the American viewpoint: On the US side there were several considerations.
Although the prime minister achieved a number of successes functioning this way, Brooke bore the brunt of Churchill's incessant mental pounding and persistent energy. 165 Admiral Cunningham wrote of Churchill, 'No decisions were reached; in fact, a thoroughly wasted day. What a drag on the wheel of war this man is. ' 166 Part of Brooke's outbursts was certainly due to the constant efforts by the Chiefs throughout the war to dissuade Churchill from his penchant for tangential enterprises that dissipated the energies of staff and his commanders.
The strain of arguing difficult problems with the Americans who try to run the war on a series of lawyer's agreements, which when once signed can never be departed from, is trying enough ... 101 The problem with an 'agreement in principle', as in the case of SLEDGEHAMMER, was that it harbored a number of unwritten and unspoken British reservations. Since these concerns and objections were not revealed, Marshall assumed that agreement was reached. The cost of British subterfuge was high: alternate, viable strategies were delayed, trust was eroded, and the coalition weakened.
Allies in Conflict: Anglo-American Strategic Negotiations, 1938-44 by Steve Weiss (auth.)