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VI. Minutes and Other Records of Conference Proceedings


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  1. J. C. S. 195th Meeting. The meetings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were numbered consecutively from the first formal meeting of that organization, which took place in Washington on February 9, 1942. The 195th Meeting was the first held in connection with the Berlin Conference.
  2. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Information as to time and participants from the Log (ante, p. 10). Commander C. R. Thompson and Junior Commander Mary Churchill also accompanied Churchill on this call, but were apparently not included in the two-hour conversation mentioned in the Log (ante, p. 10).
  3. C. C. S. 193d Meeting. The meetings of the Combined Chiefs of Staff were numbered consecutively from the establishment of that organization, which held its first meeting in Washington on January 23, 1942. The 193d Meeting was the first held in connection with the Berlin Conference.
  4. J. C. S. 196th Meeting.
  5. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Stalin and his party called on Truman at noon and stayed for luncheon. Information as to time and participants other than Vyshinsky from the Log (ante, p. 12). Vyshinsky’s presence is mentioned in a diary entry by Truman dated July 19, printed in William Hillman, Mr. President: The First Publication From the Personal Diaries, Private Letters, Papers and Revealing Interviews of Harry S. Truman (New York, 1952), p. 123.
  6. C. C. S. 194th Meeting.
  7. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 12) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 5:10 following a 10-minute period given over to an exchange of greetings and the making of motion and still pictures.
  8. J. C. S. 197th Meeting.
  9. C. C. S. 195th Meeting.
  10. The meeting took place at Stalin’s quarters, Babelsberg. According to the Log (ante, pp. 1415), the President’s party arrived at 3:04 p.m., and the President talked briefly with Stalin after a buffet luncheon.
  11. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 15) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 4:15 p.m.
  12. J. C. S. 198th Meeting.
  13. Time of meeting from the heading cited in footnote 1 to document No. 858, post.
  14. C. C. S. 196th Meeting.
  15. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 15) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m.
  16. Truman as host. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Information as to time and participants from the Log (ante, pp. 15 16).
  17. J. C. S. 199th Meeting.
  18. Time of meeting from the heading cited in footnote 2 to document No. 861, post.
  19. Byrnes was Churchill’s guest for luncheon, presumably at the latter’s quarters, 23 Ringstrasse, Babelsberg. All information on this meeting is from the London Times, July 21, 1945, p. 4.
  20. C. C. S. 197th Meeting.
  21. The conversation took place at 51 Ringstrasse, Babelsberg. All information on it is based on rough informal notes taken by Morse, the gist of which was given to Department of State historians by Morse in a conversation of November 30, 1955.
  22. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 16) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m.
  23. This conversation took place at the Cecilienhof Palace after the Fourth Plenary Meeting, perhaps during the buffet luncheon which was served in the dining room of the Palace following adjournment of that meeting (see ante, p. 16).
  24. The date is deduced from the reference in document No. 1025, post, to “Maisky’s proposal of July 20 for immediate internationalization of the Ruhr.” The time is deduced from Maisky’s reference to “tonight”.
  25. J. C. S. 200th Meeting.
  26. C. C. S. 198th Meeting.
  27. Stalin as host. The dinner was held at Stalin’s quarters at Babelsberg. List of participants from the Log (ante, p. 17).
  28. J. C. S. 201st Meeting.
  29. C. C. S. 199th Meeting.
  30. All information on this conversation is based on rough informal notes taken by Morse, the gist of which was given to Department of State historians by Morse in a conversation of November 30, 1955.
  31. In the set of minutes for the meetings of the Foreign Ministers the morning meeting on July 23 is called the Sixth Session and the morning meeting on July 24, the Seventh Session. It was agreed on the morning of July 23 (ante, p. 275) to hold an “informal” meeting in the afternoon.
  32. All information on this conversation is based on rough informal notes taken by Morse, the gist of which was given to Department of State historians by Morse in a conversation of November 30, 1955.
  33. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Department of State minutes. The Log (ante, p. 18) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 5:10 p.m.
  34. Churchill as host. The dinner was held at Churchill’s quarters, 23 Ring strasse, Babelsberg. List of participants (other than Moran) from the Log, ante, p. 18.
  35. Designated a “Plenary Meeting” in the papers of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, It was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg.
  36. The meeting was held in the Cecilienhof Palace.
  37. This time, given on the cover sheet of the Page minutes, is apparently the time of the beginning of the ByrnesMolotov conversation.
  38. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg.
  39. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 19) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m.
  40. C. C. S. 200th Meeting.
  41. All information on this conversation is based on rough informal notes taken by Morse, the gist of which was given to Department of State historians by Morse in a conversation of November 30, 1955.
  42. This conversation took place at the Cecilienhof Palace immediately after the adjournment of the Eighth Plenary Meeting.
  43. All information on this conversation is based on rough informal notes taken by Morse, the gist of which was given to Department of State historians by Morse in a conversation of November 30, 1955.
  44. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Information as to time, place, and participants from the Log, ante, p. 20.
  45. The date and time given in the heading are drawn from a list of appointments in the Mikołajczyk Papers. Cf., however, (1) a memorandum of July 28 from Harriman to Dunn and Matthews (file No. 860c.01/8–945) transmitting translations of memoranda which Mikołajczyk had handed to Harriman “the night we saw him” and (2) a memorandum of August 9, 1945, from Dunn to Matthews (same file) which refers to “the evening you and I and Mr. Harriman had a talk” with Mikołajczyk.
  46. This meeting was a courtesy call by Secretary of War Stimson on Stalin, who served also as People’s Commissar for Defense.
  47. The meeting was held in the Cecilienhof Palace.
  48. Information as to date and participants is drawn from document No. 1387, post.
  49. The time is supplied from Mikolajczyk’s diary of the Conference. For Mikolajczyk’s minutes of this conversation, see document No. 1389, post.
  50. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Information as to time and participants from the Log (ante, p. 22) and from Leahy, I Was There, p. 420. Truman states in Year of Decisions, p. 395, that Stimson and Marshall were also present at this meeting, but Stimson had left Babelsberg on July 25 and Marshall on July 27.
  51. The meeting took place at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. The Bohlen minutes give the time as 12 noon. The Log (ante, p. 22) indicates that Molotov and Golunsky arrived at 11:30 a.m.
  52. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Information as to time and participants from the Log, ante, pp. 22 23.
  53. It is not known definitely who participated in this conversation, although it appears from Despres’ memorandum of his conversation with Minc on July 29 (ante, p. 478) that Major General Echols was one of the participants for the United States.
  54. The conversation took place at the headquarters of the Polish Delegation, 10 Domgasse, Babelsberg. While Lane was meeting with Modzelewski, two members of his staff, Gerald Keith and C. Burke Elbrick, had a separate conversation with Tadeusz Żebrowski. See Arthur Bliss Lane, I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People (Indianapolis, 1948), pp. 130, 132. The time of these conversations is drawn from Mikołajczyk’s diary of the Conference.
  55. The meeting was held at Truman’s quarters, 2 Kaiserstrasse, Babelsberg. Rowan was Attlee’s Principal Private Secretary. Information as to participants and time and place of meeting from the Log (ante, p. 23).
  56. The relationship of this conversation to the ByrnesMolotov meeting of July 30 (see ante, p. 480) is not entirely clear. Byrnes, in Speaking Frankly, gives no summary of the July 30 meeting, and his summary of the conversation ascribed to July 31 in part duplicates the official minutes for the meeting of July 30. At the same time, the fact that there are certain portions of Byrnes’ summary of the conversation ascribed to July 31 which are not reflected in the official minutes of the July 30 meeting—particularly Byrnes’ statement that he and Truman would leave for the United States the next day—strengthens the presumption that another (and more outspoken) ByrnesMolotov conversation actually did take place on July 31.
  57. All information on this conversation is drawn from document No. 1393, post.
  58. The time of this conversation is drawn from Mikołajczyk’s diary of the Conference. The list of participants is taken from document No. 1394, post.
  59. Mikołajezyk’s diary of the Conference mentions this conversation and the time at which it took place, but nothing as to its substance.
  60. This is the time given on the cover sheet of the Thompson minutes. The Log (ante, p. 24) indicates that the meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m.
  61. This is the time given in the Department of State minutes. The Log (ante, p. 24) and the Cohen notes (post, p. 597) indicate that the meeting was called to order at 10:30 p.m.