740.00116 European War 1939/1459
The Legal Adviser (Hackworth) to the First Secretary of the British Embassy (Gore-Booth)
My Dear Mr. Gore-Booth: I have your letter of June 2, 1944 enclosing a paraphrase of a message received from the Foreign Office on the subject of the jurisdiction of the military commanders in the field over war crimes, and inquiring whether a meeting of representatives of the Embassy and the Departments of War, Navy and State, which was suggested in your letter of May 20, has been agreed upon. I understand that you have been orally informed by a member of this office that the War and Navy Departments have indicated their willingness to take part in such a meeting.
Those Departments have asked the Department of State to procure from the Embassy particularized agenda of the points which the Embassy wishes to take up at such a meeting. I am enclosing a copy of the statement of this Department’s understanding of the British position which, in order to save time, was informally cleared with [Page 1326]you over the telephone, and which is now being forwarded to the War and Navy Departments in response to their requests for agenda. The last sentence in this statement was inserted at your suggestion. According to our understanding of the position of the War and Navy Departments, they will desire to see the draft directive referred to in advance of any conference.