740.0011 European War 1939/18832

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The Soviet Ambassador called at his request.

I inquired as to the opinion of the Ambassador regarding the prospects of pushing the Germans on toward the Polish border, and he said that this would involve a great distance. I also inquired if the Germans could dig in and construct houses sufficient to maintain a shorter line during the balance of the winter, and he replied that they would keep the Germans moving.

I expressed the admiration of this Government and country in regard to the marvelous resistance of the Russians.

C[ordell] H[ull]