740.00112 European War 1939/9754
The British Embassy to the Department of State
On October 22nd, 1943, with the approval of the United States Government,63 His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom transmitted to the Allied Governments concerned their proposals for the treatment of recaptured vessels formerly belonging to the Allied Governments or their nationals. A copy of the memorandum which was sent to the Allied Governments is enclosed for convenience of reference.[Page 141]
- Consideration has been given to the parallel question of the way in which cargoes on recaptured vessels should be treated, and it is clearly necessary that His Majesty’s Government should in the very near future be in a position to explain to the Allied Governments concerned their proposals in regard to cargoes.
- A second memorandum is enclosed64 which has been drawn up, with the idea of forming an addendum to the memorandum on ships, setting out the procedure for dealing with cargoes, and His Majesty’s Government would be glad to know as soon as possible whether the United States Government concur in its terms. It is proposed to communicate to the Allied Governments suitable sections of the memorandum comparable with those sections of the original memorandum on ships.
- For explanation of approval, see second paragraph of memorandum to the British Embassy, infra.↩
- Not printed.↩
- If for any operation or series of operations there is a Supreme Commander-in-Chief then he is the Commander-in-Chief for the purpose of this memorandum. If, however, the Naval Command is separate from the Land Command, then for the purposes of this memorandum the Naval Commander-in-Chief is the Commander-in-Chief as regards ocean-going and coastal vessels and the Land Commander-in-Chief as regards all other vessels. [Footnote in the original.]↩