740.00119 E.A.C./9–2144: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

7856. Comea 93. My 7679, September 17, 9 p.m. Today Strang delivered to me and the Soviet Ambassador letters withdrawing the reservations attached in his August 31 letters85 to the United Kingdom approval of the German surrender instrument. Text follows by air.86 I hope that the Soviet Government will now withdraw its reservation set forth in Gousev’s letter of September 14.87 If that is done, I believe that we shall have a much more solid tripartite basis of policy in Germany than if the reservations had been allowed to stand.


[As an enclosure to instruction 4583, September 27, 1944, the Department transmitted to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom for his information and guidance a “Directive to SCAEF [Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force] Regarding the Military Government of Germany in the Period Immediately Following the Cessation of Organized Resistance (Post-Defeat)”, dated September 22. This directive was prepared by the War and State Departments and concurred in by the Treasury Department. It was included as Enclosure C of Joint Chiefs of Staff document J.C.S. 1067, “Directive for Administration of Post-Defeat Military Government in Germany”, dated September 24, 1944. For texts of the instruction and directive, see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, pages 142, 143.]

  1. See telegram 7138, September 1, from London, p. 329.
  2. Transmitted in despatch 18161, September 22, from London; neither printed.
  3. See telegram 7679, September 17, from London, p. 338.