Pauley Files

No. 910
United States Delegation Working Paper 1

Memorandum

The representatives of the U. S. S. R. have submitted the following definition of war booty or “war trophies”.2

“Under the ‘war trophies’ is understood:

1)
All military supplies and equipment of Germany, including all supplies and military equipment, which belong, being used or have to be used by the military and para military units of the enemy or by the members of these units;
2)
All supplies and equipment used by the enemy to satisfy his military needs and captured by the Allies before the end of the war on territories where military operations were conducted.”

The foregoing definition is accepted by the United States. Under this Soviet definition of war booty, little or nothing will remain for exaction as reparations from the U. S. Zone of Occupation. Therefore, for the present at least, the United States will proceed with operations in its Zone without regard to reparations as such.

  1. This paper is apparently an alternative to document No. 911. Authorship not indicated.
  2. See document No. 904.