Truman Papers

No. 1185
President Truman to Prime Minister Attlee

My Dear Mr. Prime Minister: In accordance with my letter of July 25,1 I enclose a copy of a memorandum directive on the issuance of Lend-Lease munitions, which I have today sent to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This directive eliminates the delivery of Lend-Lease material for the occupation of Axis countries. In other respects I believe it adequately covers your expressed desires.

I have noted the suggestion in the letter of July 24,2 that postwar economic arrangements be discussed in Washington, say in September. Mr. W. L. Clayton, Assistant Secretary of State, will be in London shortly for the U. N. R. R. A. Council meeting, and I have instructed him to engage in informal conversations with your people about these matters. When he has reported to me in Washington, we shall be able to decide upon arrangements for further discussions with your representatives.

Very sincerely yours,

[Harry S. Truman]
[Enclosure]

The President to the Joint Chiefs of Staff3

top secret

Memorandum Directive to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Referring to my memorandum of 5 July, 1945,4 quoted herewith following:

“Approval of the issue to Allied Governments of Lend Lease munitions of war and military and naval equipment will be limited to that which is to be used in the war against Japan, and it will not be used for any other purpose.”

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It may be given the following interpretation:

1.
Issue of Lend-Lease munitions of war and military and naval equipment to all Allied Governments, including Latin American countries is authorized when in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff it is to be used in direct support of redeployment of American troops, or Allied troops in connection with their redeployment in support of the war against Japan.
2.
Supply of Allied service units that are directly serving United States forces in any area with subsistence, supply, and equipment (except arms and ammunition) is authorized.
3.
Until the receipt of further instructions issue of Lend-Lease munitions of war and military and naval equipment to the U. S. S. R. is authorized in accordance with my directive of 11 May, 1945,5 when in the opinion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff it can be considered as for use in the war against Japan.
4.
Until the receipt of further instructions issue of Lend-Lease munitions of war and military and naval equipment to the British Empire is authorized for the direct support of redeployment of American troops, and of British troops in connection with their redeployment in support of the war against Japan, taking into account commitments for approved combined operations against Japan. In accordance with my memorandum of 17 July, 19456 to the Prime Minister, and subject to the elimination of the requirements for occupational forces in Axis countries, such issue should be generally in accord with schedules of requirements and other terms arrived at by British and American supply representatives in October–November 1944, subject to changing strategic demands as well as to usual supply, procurement, and allocation considerations and procedures.
5.
Replacement and maintenance on a military Lend-Lease basis of French units which have already been equipped by the U. S. under the North African Rearmament Program, Metropolitan Rearmament Program, and Air Forces Program is authorized for subsistence until August 31, 1945, and for other items of equipment and supply until September 30, 1945.
6.
Supply of maintenance items for U. S. equipment now in the possession of Allied armies may be issued for purposes other than those specifically approved in this memorandum against payment under such terms and conditions as may be determined by the State Department and Foreign Economic Administration in accordance with established procedure.

Harry S. Truman

  1. Document No. 1183.
  2. Document No. 1182.
  3. Printed from the Department of State file copy (file No. 851.24/7–545), which has been compared with the signed original in J. C. S. Files. Referring to this directive, Collado, in an informal letter (file No. 740.00119 Potsdam/8–845) dated at London, August 8, to Dudley M. Phelps, Acting Director of the Office of Financial and Development Policy, stated that it “was really a unilateral affair although Sir Robert Sinclair and General Macready had several long conversations with Jack McCloy and myself”. No record of these conversations has been found.
  4. See vol. i, document No. 542.
  5. Not printed.
  6. Document No. 1181.