Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in the depths of the Great Depression on his promise to end the downturn and provide a new deal for Americans. His programs are credited with spurring the recovery. He later formed a close alliance with England’s Winston Churchill to fight and win WW2.

I am looking forward to the BBBR19 with Help for Heroes next year, as it will be another chance to be involved in a challenge to people who are all looking to achieve the same aim as me, obviously completing the event but what is much more important is raising money for a need that is so important.

Military history is a big passion of mine, and I am no historian, but I do love to research ‘human behavior’ and of course war, no matter how much of a negative thing it is, it can teach us, good and bad.

I come across a piece from the book ‘On Grand Strategy’ by John Lewis Gaddis and it gives us examples of successful leaders but their formula is completely different. Because there is no exact way.

History shows us the perfect examples that the best leaders keep their attention focused on the big goal while seeking out a number of options to realise it.

During WW1, the US and her allies convinced Russia to remain in the conflict and as a result, the Bolshevik resistance formed. A big part of their success was the Russians had been weakened by the war.

After the War, the US led by Herbert Hoover supported the Russian government with an aid program that helped the nation survive the famine of 1921 and 22.

The US also supported Stalins 5 year plan which involved quickly turning his nation into a world power by exporting entire factories to Russia. This included some of the ones that operated on Henry Ford’s mass production techniques.

Ironically, this all leads to the Cold War and the Soviet Union coming the West’s primary adversary.

Franklin D Roosevelt’s strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union was frankly working together against the powers of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Due to its Geographical position it was vital that Russia acted as a wedge between these two nations not a bridge.

With this in mind, in 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt saw the value of recognising the USSR as a new country.

They very well may need them as an ally in the future.

With his strategies focused on the long term, Franklin D. Roosevelt was not surprised when Hitler and Stalin signed a non aggression pact in 1939.

He also knew that the lack of respect between the two single minded men will lead to the eventual collapse of the deal.

Sure enough, it did collapse and who was there with open arms to accept the USSR when it did,
Franklin D. Roosevelt had an unwavering one track plan to neutralise Germany and Japan, but used a variety of maneuvers to move towards that goal.

Successful leaders stay adaptable in order to navigate around totally unpredictable situations, without letting these potential problems derail their progress.


On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis


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