File No. 763.72/5646

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State


6599. The Allied Governments have of course held war conferences at intervals, sometimes in London, sometimes in Paris, and at least twice in Rome. These have been attended by such representatives of each Government as prime ministers, foreign secretaries, war ministers, members of war councils, sometimes but not always, by generals, as technical advisers. The subjects discussed have, as a rule, been subjects of large policy rather than technical military subjects. There will be such a conference about the middle of July, probably in Paris.

Mr. Balfour requests me to inform you and the President his idea is that the United States Government should, if it chooses, take part in this and subsequent conferences where its representatives would be welcome and their judgment and advice valued.