740.0011 (European War 1939)/12–1941

Draft Joint Declaration

Joint Declaration by the United States of America, China, Great Britain, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Other Signatory Governments

The Governments signatory hereto,

Having subscribed to a common program of purposes and principles embodied in the Joint Declaration of the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of Great Britain dated August 14, 1941, known as the Atlantic Charter,

Being convinced that complete victory over their enemies is essential to defend life, liberty and independence, and to preserve human freedom and justice not only in their own lands but everywhere, and that the struggle in which they are now engaged is a [Page 40] common defense against savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world, Declare:

Each signatory Government pledges itself to employ its full resources against the Government or Governments which signed the Tripartite Pact on September 27, 1940, with which it is or may be at war, and to continue such employment until that Government or those Governments have been finally defeated;
Each signatory Government pledges itself to cooperate with the others to the entire extent of its capacity to effect full coordination of military effort and use of resources against the common enemies or any of them.

  1. This draft was prepared in the Department of State and taken to the White House by Berle at 6 p.m. on December 19. For text of a draft taken to the White House by Hull earlier the same afternoon, and for related memoranda, see Foreign Relations, 1942, vol. i, pp. 112.