Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

The Commander in Chief, Allied Force Headquarters ( Eisenhower ) to the Combined Chiefs of Staff

secret
urgent

W–9443/1972. Supplementing Naf 365,1 I have just completed a conference with the principal commanders and have determined not [Page 1275] to accept the Italian change of attitude. To AGWar for the Combined Chiefs of Staff and to USFor for the British Chiefs of Staff signed Eisenhower. This is Naf 387. We intend to proceed in accordance with plan for the announcement of the armistice and with subsequent propaganda and other measures. Marshal Badoglio is being informed through our direct link that this instrument entered into by his accredited representative with presumed good faith on both sides is considered valid and binding and that we will not recognize any deviation from our original agreement. Acknowledge time of delivery to both addresses is desired immediately.

  1. Ante, p. 1273. Cf. Eisenhower Papers, pp. 1401–1403.