The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)
With reference to the Department’s telegram No. 502 of January 23, 1 p.m., informing the Ambassador of the approval by this Government of the agreement reached in the European Advisory Commission for control machinery for Germany, the Secretary of State encloses herewith a copy of a letter addressed to the Secretary by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy under date of December 27, 194.
It will be observed that both the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy recommended approval of the agreement for control machinery. In addition, they set forth their views on the course of planning for the occupation of Germany under the agreement, with the suggestion that they be placed before the governments of the United Kingdom and the U.S.S.R.37
The Ambassador will note that the final approval of this Government of the agreement for control machinery for Germany is given without reservation. The views of the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy are submitted for the Ambassador’s information and guidance and for informal discussion with the members of the European Advisory Commission. These views are not, however, to [Page 175] be considered as reservations of this Government to the control machinery agreement as recommended by the Commission.
- A marginal note dated April 26 appearing on the Embassy copy of this instruction indicates that Ambassador Winant had discussed informally with the British and the Soviet Representatives on the European Advisory Commission the contents of the enclosure printed below (Mosely Files)↩
- Filed separately in Mosely EAC Lot File↩
- Not printed; they transmitted copies of the agreement reached in the European Advisory Commission with regard to control machinery in Germany and asked for the approval of the agreement by the War and Navy Departments (740.00119 EAC/11–2544). For a parallel letter to President Roosevelt, see Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945, p. 124 ↩