Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

Prime Minister Churchill to President Roosevelt 1


Number 230. Former Naval Person to President most secret and personal. The only question which the Russians will ask or the only one that matters will be “Are you going to make a Second Front in 1943 and when and with what forces?” I cannot answer this except jointly with you because the forces we British can dispose of are obviously insufficient. Therefore, we cannot reply to Stalin’s question until our Staffs have explored the possibilities together and hence my strong wish that your friends should come here. If this is not agreeable I am willing to come to you. We are all here sure that a talk whether at Moscow or Khartoum among the three Staffs apart from the heads of governments would not be useful.

  1. Transmitted via War Department channels.