Latin America: Common Defense

Reading about the Arctic trials of the U.S. Army's Operation Frigid, Americans of both hemispheres inevitably wondered about the state of their common defenses. For instance: What about the chain of bases the U.S. had constructed for hemispheric security during World War II?

During the war, the U.S. was chiefly concerned in safeguarding two points essential to hemispheric defense: 1) the jutting bulge of Brazil (ten hours by air from the German threat at Dakar); 2) the Panama Canal. With the consent of the interested Governments, bases were constructed in Brazil (Natal, Recife and...

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