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Report by the Combined Military
Transportation Committee of the Combined Chiefs of
C. C. S. 897
Provision of Personnel Shipping for the Requirements of Allied Governments
1. To ensure the efficient coordination of the demands for personnel shipping submitted by Allied governments, other than British and American military movements, and to provide a machinery for dealing with essential personnel movements other than those already approved.
facts bearing on the problem
2. See Enclosure “B.”
3. See Enclosure “C.”[Page 1195]
4. It is concluded that:
The following procedure will ensure the efficient coordination of all those Allied demands:—
- The current procedure for handling the United States and United Kingdom personnel shipping for military requirements will be continued. This procedure will permit on an operational basis the opportune use of such shipping on return voyages, or legs of such voyages, to move passengers of any of the Allied governments.
- All requirements of the Allied governments for the movement of passengers, whether military or civilian, involving definite additional commitments of shipping, whether on a short- or long-term basis, should be submitted to the United Maritime Authority (UMA) in terms of the shipping space required. The Combined Shipping Adjustment Board should confer with the Combined Chiefs of Staff as to practicability of meeting such requirements. On military requests of the other Allied governments the decision will rest with the Combined Chiefs of Staff.
- As regards the movement of civilians for which provision is not made under a. and b. above, the matter may be referred to the appropriate agencies of the United Kingdom and United States to decide whether passenger vessels should be withdrawn at the expense of the military effort. Ships, if so allocated, would operate under the control of the United Maritime Authority on the basis of the “Agreement on Principles”2 but would be retained in the common pool and assigned for particular voyage employment as might be decided from time to time.
5. a. That the foregoing conclusions be approved by the Combined Chiefs of Staff.
b. That the letter in Enclosure “A” be forwarded to the Combined Shipping Adjustment Board.
- Submitted on the Committee’s initiative, in consultation with the Combined Shipping Adjustment Board. Considered at the 201st Meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, July 23 (see ante, p. 272) and at the 199th Meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, July 23 (see ante, p. 294).↩
- Signed at London, August 5, 1944 (Treaties and Other International Agreements Series No. 1722; 61 Stat. (4) 3784).↩
- Here follow subparagraphs a, b, and c, which are identical with paragraphs 4 a, b, and c in the body of the Committee’s report printed above, except that the parenthetical “(UMA)” in subparagraph b is omitted.↩
- Ellipses in this quotation are in the source copy.↩