Sources and Coverage
The War Department maintained detailed records of the quantities of items which it shipped from depots and facilities in the United States under the lend-lease program. Data for ground items were recorded for control purposes by the International Division, Headquarters, Army Service Forces, and those for air items were recorded by the Army Air Forces. These records were used in preparing this report.
Although this report is dated 31 December 1946, the information contained therein was available in the records of the International Division as of 30 June 1946, virtually no changes haying been recorded after this date.
This report includes:
- Shipments of War Department procured lend-lease materiel pursuant to assignment by the Munitions Assignments Board (Munitions. Assignment's Committee (Ground)) in Washington,
- Direct to beneficiary countries,
- To the commanding general of a theater of operation for delivery to beneficiary countries within his theater, some of these assignments being diverted by the theater commander because of more urgent needs, and
- To Foreign Economic Administration where the War Department acted as the procuring agency. Such shipments were transferred to recipient governments by the Foreign Economic Administration. These shipments are shown in the last column of Part I with the exception of Signal items which are included in column of the of the recipient countries.
- Transfers on requisitions for which blanket authority been established--mostly noncommon items procured specifically for the requisitioning countries.
- Transfers made by Presidential order before other transfer machinery was set up.
This report does not include:
- Transfers of items not previously assigned in Washing made in the theater of operation, commonly known as "theater transfers." Dollar value of theater transfers was approximately [illegible] percent of direct and commanding general transfers.
- Medical items (see Introduction).
- Post-VJ transfers.
- Machine tools, for which procurement in the early the war was partially a War Department responsibility but was tralized [sic] later in the Treasury Department.
- Spare parts as such. Maintenance spares, first and second years' spares, spares expressed in percentages, weights, dollar values, etc. have not been broken down into units for the purpose of completing this report. However, when parts were expressed by specific names because of their importance in value, quantity, or critical nature, they have been considered components rather than parts and have been included in this report.