The Nation: Lend-lease

U.S.-made weapons turn up in the oddest corners and conflicts. Five Sherman tanks of World War II vintage were used last month when the armed forces of Uganda overthrew the government of President Milton Obote. How did they get there? Originally a U.S. contribution to the Soviet Union under Lend-Lease, the tanks were later given by the Russians to the Egyptians. Israel captured them during the Six-Day War. After an overhaul, the tanks went to Uganda under an Israeli military-aid program. Next mission?


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