The Marshall Plan
"massive injections of funds from the Americans' Marshall Plan"
(officially called the European Recovery Program
) was the United States' plan for rebuilding the countries of Western Europe after World War II. As well as rebuilding physically, The Marshall Plan also aimed to strengthen the economic foundations of these countries, and prevent future Communist activity. It was named after Secretary of State George Marshall, who gave a speech expressing his desire to assist the recovery in June 1947.