J. C. S. Files
Note by the Secretariat of the Combined Chiefs of Staff
[ Washington ,] June 24, 1942.
Offensive Operations in 1942 and 1943
- The attached memorandum, prepared by General Ismay, states the conclusions reached during a meeting held on 21st June, 1942, at the White House. It has the concurrence of Generals Marshall and Brooke, and is circulated for the information of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.
- Decisions of the Combined Chiefs of Staff will be required on how
the planning for the various operations mentioned in the memorandum
is to be carried out, i.e.
- Can it be assumed that Operation Gymnast is to be planned by the U. S. Joint Planners? Up to date this Operation has been in the hands of the Combined Staff Planners.
- Are the studies for the operations in Norway and the Iberian Peninsula to be prepared by the Combined Staff Planners, or by the U.S. Joint Planners, or by the British Joint Planners?
- It should be noted that the report by the Combined Chiefs of Staff, prepared after the 28th Meeting on the 20th June, 1942,1 and circulated as C.C.S. 83,2 was not formally presented to the President and Prime Minister.
- V. Dykes,
- W. B. Smith
- For the meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff on June 20, 1942, see ante, p. 429.↩
- Ante, p. 465.↩
- This memorandum went to Roosevelt and Churchill under cover of the following memorandum, dated June 22, 1942, from Marshall and Brooke: “Herewith is a memorandum prepared by General Ismay, in which we concur, covering the conclusions arrived at during the meeting of June 21, 1942 at the White House.” (J.C.S. Files) For the original version of Ismay’s memorandum, see ante, p. 434. For an American staff paper by Smith and Handy on the June 21 White House meeting, see ante, p. 468.↩