J. C. S. Files
Memorandum by the United States
Chiefs of Staff1
C. C. S. 842/1
French and Dutch Participation in the War Against Japan
- The United States Chiefs of Staff have considered the
proposals put forward by the Representatives of the British
Chiefs of Staff in C. C. S.
8422 and agree in principle that the Combined
Chiefs of Staff might now state a general over-all policy
with regard to French and Dutch participation in the war
against Japan. They
consider that such a policy should be stated as follows:—
- While it is at present impossible for French or Netherlands armed forces to play a major part in Far Eastern operations, the desire of the French/Dutch to join with us in the war against Japan and the possible provision of such assistance in the struggle in the Pacific which may be synchronized with operations already planned or under way will be taken into account by the Combined Chiefs of Staff. No French or Netherlands forces will be accepted for operations unless it has been previously agreed that complete control of such forces will be vested in the commander in chief concerned and their actual employment will be determined by him solely on military grounds. The actual use of any force must depend solely on military considerations.
- In implementing this policy the Combined Chiefs of Staff undertake to give the French/Netherlands representatives timely information of their intentions in respect of any operations that will directly affect French/Netherlands territories or armed forces in the Far East.
- The United States Chiefs of Staff consider that the draft letter in the Enclosure to C. C. S. 842 should be amended accordingly.
- It is recommended that the Combined Chiefs of Staff:—
- Accept the policy stated in paragraph 1 above.
- Dispatch the attached memorandum (Enclosure) to the French/Netherlands representatives.