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Memorandum by the British Chiefs of Staff 1

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C.C.S. 452/26

British Participation in the War Against Japan

1.
We have seen the views of the United States Chiefs of Staff in C.C.S. 452/252 concerning British participation in the Pacific in the war against Japan, and we note that no mention is made of the employment of the British Fleet in the main operations against Japan, for which we expressed a preference in C.C.S. 452/18.3
2.
In view of the important political considerations involved, we request a formal expression of the views of the United States Chiefs of Staff on our first preference—namely, the employment of the Fleet in the main operations against Japan.
  1. For the discussion of this paper by the Combined Chiefs of Staff at their 174th Meeting, September 14, 1944, see ante, p. 331.
  2. Ante, p. 257.
  3. Ante, p. 244.