Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

The President to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)1

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Number 83. Top Secret and Personal. From the President for Ambassador Harriman.

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Regarding our war plans for the Pacific, I understand that Deane has all the information as to American plans that are available and that he has given, or will give, this information to the Soviet Staff.

If Deane has already informed the Soviet Staff and unless Deane should consider it inadvisable at the present time, I have no objection to your giving this information to Churchill .

You are correct in assuming that the Pacific campaign will remain an American command and there is no objection to Churchill ’s informing the Soviet that the British Fleet and British Land and Air Forces will participate in those areas, at present undetermined, where their services will be of the greatest value to the war against Japan.

Roosevelt
  1. Sent by the United States Naval Attaché, Moscow, via Navy channels.