A brotherhood of arms: Brazil-United States military by Sonny B. Davis

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Minister of War Dutra was especially wary. 26 Aranha was more direct. S. 27 The fragility of the situation could not have been more clear. S. arms and equipment. 28 The new policy created a different mood in Rio de Janeiro. S. commitment against the problems of getting German equipment through the British blockade. In September military chiefs agreed among themselves to make available Brazil's resources should the United States become embroiled in the European conflict. " Although a formal military alliance had yet to be forged, the document effectively ended the Brazilian government's effort to keep Germany and the United States at an equidistance while profiting from both.

Rivalry among the State, Navy, and War Departments for influence over Brazil policy complicated matters even more. As had occurred earlier, however, non-hemisphere events forced budding ties toward another stage despite opposition in Rio de Janeiro and Washington. The end result of those events was a Lend-Lease arrangement between Brazil and the United States. Under pressure from Nazi overlords the French Vichy government agreed in May 1941 to allow German submarines basing privileges in Dakar, French West Africa.

Response revealed that many in the army defined diplomacy in a narrow military sense and had yet to grasp the political nature of military relations with Brazil. S. officials ignored Brazilian sensitivity regarding foreign Page 24 troops on national soil. Oswaldo Aranha recognized that improved dialogue was essential for successful collaboration and astutely suggested the creation of two mixed commissions to oversee military relations. S. military attaché staff, which could be reduced unilaterally, joint commissions would lock the two militaries into an alliance that would seemingly guarantee Brazil a secure source of war supplies.

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