When President Franklin D Roosevelt introduced the Lend-Lease Program in 1941, it was a life-line to Britain at war.
Roosevelt first introduced the idea in one of his famous ‘fireside chat’ radio broadcasts. It became known as the "Arsenal of Democracy" speech.
Roosevelt told the American people “If Great Britain goes down, the Axis powers will be in a position to bring enormous military and naval resources against this hemisphere.” 
Knowing Americans were opposed to involvement in the war, he highlighted the importance of helping Britain to keep the Nazi threat away from American interests. 
Roosevelt argued that by providing Britain and her allies with military aid, America itself would be safe from the war.
We are the Arsenal of Democracy. Our national policy is to keep war away from this country.” 
It wasn’t long before supplies began to cross the Atlantic.


But what links the Lend-Lease policy of the 32nd President of the United States of America with a village in the Lune Valley?

LuneTube heads to the parish of Caton-with-Littledale, to look for a little piece of wartime history...


Roosevelt died in April 1945, just before the end of World War Two.  Winston Churchill paid tribute on behalf of the people of Britain:
In FDR there died the greatest American friend we have ever known.”

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