Editorial Note

During the recess of the ISG Douglas communicated with the Department of State concerning the relation of rearming Western Europe to the procurement of commodities in Germany. He felt that when the ISG reconvened, the problem of modifying the restrictions, prohibitions, and limitations on German industry should be discussed in order to condition the British and French to what were necessary and essential revisions of the PLI Agreement, including the employment of “German capacity to produce commodities and finished nonmilitary articles for the benefit of western Europe.” Telegram 881, August 11, from London, not printed (740.5/8–1150). For further documentation on this subject, see volume III, pages 1 ff.