My imagination/memory might be faulty, but I remember when I was in England, a man was using a wrench and I said, “that looks really old.” and he smiled and said, “Yes, I got it during the ‘lease-lend’ says.” Am I remembering that correctly? Do right pondians say “lease-lend”?
It was an early variant even in the US; Life magazine from Feb. 3, 1941 says: “The topic of discussion was House Bill 1776, known generally as the Lease-Lend measure .... General Hugh S. Johnson testifies that in his opinion the Lease-Lend Bill is ‘another big jump down the avalanche way.’”
I agree with frma that the entry should be Krebs cycle.
My own observations:
April: Germany invades Yugoslavia and Greece to bail out the failed Italian invasion of the latter, fatally delaying the attack on the Soviet Union
Not true; in July 1940 Hitler told his military chiefs that the invasion would take place in May 1941. The invasion was delayed by a month or so for other reasons, but as Wikipedia says, “An initial delay, which postponed the start of Barbarossa from mid-May to the end of June 1941, may have been insignificant, especially since the Russian muddy season came late that year.”
December: Two events assure eventual victory for the Allies. In the first, the Soviet Union begins its counterattack against German troops at the gates of Moscow, signaling the failure of the German invasion
Again, not true; the failure of Operation Barbarossa was not assured until the Battle of Kursk in 1943. The defense of Moscow was heartening, but irrelevant in the larger scheme of things; Germany could have won without much difficulty if Hitler had not pursued such stupid and inconsistent strategies.
gremlin, n. This term for a mythological entity who sabotages aircraft is first recorded among R. A. F. pilots in 1941, but the term may be older. The first citation in the OED, from Charles Patrick Graves’s 1931 Thin Blue Line reads as follows: “He wished that his instructor had never told him about the Little People—a mythological bunch of good and bad fairies originally invented by the Royal Naval Air Service in the Great War. [...] Those awful little people, the Gremlins, who run up and down the wing with scissors going ‘snip, snap, snip’ made him sweat.”
I’m confused; if it’s attested in this sense from 1931, why is it a 1941 word?