The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)
Sir: I transmit herewith a copy of a letter32 from General Hilldring33 and a copy of the enclosure thereto which it is believed are self-explanatory. It will be observed that the memorandum from the Joint Chiefs of Staff delineates the zones to be occupied in Germany by American, British, and Soviet forces and that it was prepared on December 4, 1943. This document is transmitted to you for your consideration and for your recommendations with regard to it.
There are also enclosed herewith (1) a map setting forth the Soviet proposal concerning zones; (2) a map setting forth the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff proposal; and (3) a cartogram comparing maps one [Page 196] and two.34 These maps were prepared in the Department as of possible assistance to you.
Very truly yours,
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- Maj. Gen. John H. Hilldring, Director of the Civil Affairs Division of the War Department.↩
- The three enclosures were not found attached to the file copy of this document. Copies of the two maps and the cartogram (reproduced on facing page) are included in the EAC files: Lot 52 M 64, box 9602, files 136 and 138 Germany—Zones of Occupation I.↩
- For record of the Meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, December 4, 1943, at Cairo at which this paper was agreed upon by the C.C.S., see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 688.↩
- Not printed.↩
- For Minutes of the President’s Meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, November 19, 1943, aboard the U.S.S. Iowa on the way to the Cairo Conference, during which meeting the President outlined his views regarding the spheres of responsibility in Germany, see Foreign Relations, the Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, pp. 253–256. For a reproduction of the map on which the President sketched his idea of occupation zones for Germany, see Maurice Matloff, Strategic Planning for Coalition Warfare, 1943–1944, in the official Army history United States Army in World War II (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1959), facing p. 341.↩