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62 To service the vast array of permanent committees, missions and Boards, which were rapidly being set up in the United States, large numbers of British officials crossed the Atlantic. From early 1942 onwards with the expansion of the war effort the numbers increased considerably, creating a sort of lesser Whitehall overseas. According to one commentator, 'it was as though the British government was functioning in duplicate on both sides of the Atlantic'. 63 One of the results of this was that the working and personal relationships achieved by British and American officials became increasingly close and informal.
Thus the three months prior to Pearl Harbour saw the United States on 'the verge of war' but with the President unwilling to make the fateful decision and commit the nation to all-out war. The Greer, Kearny and Ruben James incidents in September and October brought further revisions of the Neutrality Act whereby merchant ships were armed and allowed to sail into war zones. The US Navy was also now free to escort convoys to the British Isles. From President Roosevelt's point of view, however, everything 'short of war' had been done to assist Britain.
12 Chadwick, ever conscious of the need for a close post-war relationship in the field of atomic energy between the two countries, also encouraged the exodus ° Introduction 19 from Britain of as many scientists as the Americans would accept, to participate and gain experience from the work being undertaken. Overall there were fifty or so British scientists and engineers involved in the Manhattan project. Their combined contribution to the eventual development of the bomb in 1945 is difficult to estimate.
Anglo-American Defence Relations 1939–1984: The Special Relationship by John Baylis