Editorial Note

The only source found for this meeting is the following informal memorandum of August 21, 1943, by Harriman:

“The shipping situation was presented simply and clearly by Lew,1 both as to troopers and cargo ships. We both emphasized the fact that cargo shipping, against all statements to the contrary, was not easing up but in fact was still the tight bottleneck.

“The news about the improvement in the sinkings figures has led to relaxation of people’s worries and this had led to some extent to increased demands in different directions. However, the increased military requirements for existing and future operations more than absorbed the savings.” (Harriman Papers)

  1. Douglas.