Memorandum by the Chairman of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee (Dunn) to the Secretary of State 16
Reference is made to the letter, dated 22 December 1944, from the Secretary of State to the Secretary of War, regarding the Swedish proposals for relief shipments from Sweden to Norway to alleviate Norwegian distress caused by the Germans and requesting that these proposals be again submitted to the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their approval.
In a communication, dated 9 February 1945, the Joint Chiefs of Staff submitted, for the signatures of the Secretaries of War and the Navy, a draft reply to the Secretary of State’s letter in effect disapproving the proposals.
This draft reply has been considered by the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee. At the Committee’s meeting on 23 February 1945 the State Department pointed out that pursuant to an agreement reached in June 1944,17 to which the Department of State and the Foreign Economic Administration were parties, Sweden was authorized to export an average of 500 tons per month of relief supplies to Norway and that this monthly shipment has recently been increased to an average of 1,000 tons, with the agreement of this Government. In view of this position, which the State Department considers of high political and humanitarian importance, the Committee at that meeting agreed that this program shall be continued provided the average monthly shipments are limited to 1,000 tons and are restricted to the types of commodities listed in paragraph B of the enclosed memorandum dated 21 February from the Department of State to the Committee.
The Committee further agreed that requests for any additional relief shipments from Sweden to Norway should be referred to the War and Navy Departments for decision.
- At its 12th Meeting, March 3, 1945, the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee agreed to forward this memorandum to the Secretary of State. The memorandum was designated document SWNCC 24/3, 5 March 1945, Enclosure 1.↩
- For the terms of the agreement reached in June 1944 between the British Ministry of Economic Warfare on the one hand, and the Department of State and the Foreign Economic Administration on the other, see the memorandum by Mr. Eldred D. Kuppinger of the Special War Problems Division, dated June 12, 1944, Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. ii, p. 266.↩
- Submitted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the Minutes of the 10th Meeting of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee held on February 16, 1945, not printed.↩
- Norwegian resistance organization.↩
- Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur (French Forces of the Interior), French resistance organization.↩
- The Joint Standing Committee consisting of United States, United Kingdom, and Swedish representatives was established in Stockholm to assure the Allied Governments that Swedish trade policy was in accordance with various wartime trade agreements.↩
- Office of Strategic Services.↩
- See footnote 8, p. 28.↩