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

By N. Tamkin

This publication attracts at the newest archival releases together with these from the key global of British intelligence to provide the 1st complete research of Anglo-Turkish relatives through the moment international conflict, with a specific emphasis on Turkeys position within the altering courting among Britain and the Soviet Union.

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47 The FO response was instructive, and set the tone for Anglo-Turkish military relations for the remainder of the war. ‘(B)y agreeing to hold these conversations . . we might . . ’48 Although a British liaison mission was sent to Turkey under General James Marshall-Cornwall, their instructions demonstrated the difficulties they faced. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 38 The Balkan Front, October 1940 to April 1941 39 The Turkish oligarchy may have appreciated the position, but they would not join the war on the promise of ‘bright prospects ahead,’ or of limited British forces which might be transferred to Greece or Egypt.

British policy turned on Ankara’s likely response, when left alone to face the (apparently imminent) German threat. A policy aimed at bringing Turkey into the war immediately assumed that Turkey could not be relied upon to resist that threat alone, and that the Anatolian bulwark was in any case imperilled. 33 Nonetheless, the Southern Department’s conviction that Turkey could not be moved from armed neutrality initially held sway. When King Boris of Bulgaria travelled to Germany for an audience with Hitler, Cadogan and Halifax considered means by which to deter Bulgarian collaboration in the anticipated attack on Greece.

Rather, it required Turkish–Yugoslav diplomatic pressure on Bulgaria and the threat, rather than the fact of war. This was the objective which Halifax put before the War Cabinet, at a meeting from which Churchill was absent. 36 The War Cabinet accepted Halifax’s advice, but Churchill now intervened. 39 The Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden, and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), Sir John Dill, were in Cairo. 42 This sounded closer to the policy Halifax had placed before the War Cabinet.

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