740.00119 EAC/1–645: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

227. Comea 144. As foreshadowed in my 59 of January 2, 11 p.m., Massigli has presented the French amendments to the instrument of [Page 170] unconditional surrender for Germany. He proposes to insert “the French Republic” in the second paragraph of the preamble and in Article 12(A), following “the United States of America”. In Article 14 French would be added to the three languages. The number of Allied representatives signing the instrument would be increased to 4. Full text follows by air.23 Please furnish paraphrase to Generals Hilldring and Strong.


[On January 10, 1945, the Ambassador in the United Kingdom sent a cable message to President Roosevelt urging him promptly to approve the agreements on control machinery and zones of occupation in Germany. For text of the message, see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, page 128.]

  1. Copy of the memorandum by the French Representative on the European Advisory Commission, entitled “Draft Amendments to the Instrument of Surrender”, dated January 6, 1945, and designated document No. E.A.C. (45) 2, was transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in the United Kingdom in his despatch 20275, January 9, neither printed