By N. Tamkin

This publication attracts at the most up-to-date archival releases together with these from the key global of British intelligence to provide the 1st accomplished research of Anglo-Turkish kin through the moment international warfare, with a selected emphasis on Turkeys position within the altering dating among Britain and the Soviet Union.

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18 Turkey would not retaliate if Germany attacked Greece through Yugoslavia, since it could offer no effective assistance now as Romania had joined the Axis. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 well that [Turkey] should not become a belligerent,’12 given Turkey’s importance to the British front in the Middle East. 21 By early November, however, British policy was entering a state of flux from which it did not emerge until the German occupation of Greece and Yugoslavia in April 1941.

During the winter of 1939–40, British plans for war against the Soviet Union had anticipated Turkish collaboration in anti-Soviet subversion in the Caucasus. By April 1940, however, Hugessen had reported that ‘there is no indication of any [Turkish] readiness to take an initiative . . they are reverting to the idea which prevailed before [Saraco˘ glu’s] visit to Moscow last year . . ’3 This was a significant caveat. ’7 In issuing this warning, the War Cabinet were guided by the Deputy Under-Secretary at the FO, Sir Orme Sargent.

Com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-06 German intentions be overwhelmed in short order by Germany. 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.

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