File No. 763.72Su/5

The Ambassador in France ( Sharp) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

3061. To the Secretary of State and Colonel House:

Referring to my 3014, January 10,2 Frazier reports to me as follows:

Special meeting projected for 17th or 18th now postponed for a week or ten days. British representative has draft of resolution to be considered at regular meeting and the [at an?] early date for forming a general reserve to be placed under the Supreme War Council which will not be in executive command but which would [Page 32]have power to refuse or approve of applications from the commanders-in-chief for the use of all or of any part of it, the idea being that as the operations for the beginning of this year will probably be of a defensive character, a massed attack or attacks might cause each of the commanders-in-chief to use up all his reserves in order to keep his front intact. The general reserve would thus be kept at the disposal of all the commanders-in-chief.

Sharp
  1. Not printed.