740.00116 European War 1839/1301
The British Embassy to the Department of State
His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom have been considering the question of the definition of the distinction between war crimes to be dealt with by summary military jurisdiction by commanders in the field and war crimes to be dealt with by the machinery of the United Nations Commission for Investigation of War Crimes. A paraphrase of a telegram from the Foreign Office on this subject is attached.
2. The Foreign Office have also had under consideration the question of a procedure for bringing cases and evidence related thereto to the Commission, and the suggestion has been made that Circular APO 512 issued by Allied Force Headquarters, Algiers on November 27th, 1943,15 might provide a useful model for this purpose.