Editorial Note

The Log, ante, p. 842, records that Roosevelt and Churchill, accompanied by Hopkins, Harriman, Brown, Mrs. Churchill, and Thompson, [Page 904] went on a fishing trip on the morning of August 20, and that Roosevelt and Churchill had an opportunity for discussions during the drive to and from Lac de L’Épaule. The only information found on the discussions which Roosevelt had with Churchill on this trip is in an informal memorandum by Harriman, which states that Roosevelt and Churchill “had a discussion of the Pacific war after lunch” and contains the following details of the conversation:

“The Prime Minister was arguing for ‘S[umatra]’ which I gathered did not particularly appeal to the President. The Prime Minister was enthusiastic over this conception. As a matter of fact it is impossible because the shipping is not available. The President was more interested in ‘B[urma]’. The President used most of the glasses and saltcellars on the table making a ‘V’ shaped diagram to describe the Japanese position in the semi-circular quadrant from western China to the South Pacific, indicating the advantages of striking from either side, thereby capturing the sustaining glasses, and the disadvantage of trying to remove the outer ones one by one. It was not too serious but a pleasant relaxation.” (Harriman Papers)