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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States. The Conferences at Washington, 1941-1942, and Casablanca, 1943
(1941-1943)

III. The Casablanca Conference,   pp. [485]-849 ff. PDF (133.6 MB)


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III. THE CASABLANCA CONFERENCE)
joined by Mr. ANverell IHarriman.4  With the Prime Minister was
Lord Leathers, the British Minister of War Transport.
   For ten days the Combined Staffs have been in constant session
meeting two or three times a day, and recording progress at intervals
to the President and the Prime Minister. The entire field of the war
was surveyed theatre by theatre throughout the world and all resources
were marshalled for the more intense prosecution of the war by sea,
land and air. Nothing like this prolonged discussion between two
Allies has ever taken place before. Complete agreement was reached
between the leaders of the two countries and their respective Staffs
upon the war plans and enterprises to be undertaken during the cam-
paign of 1943 against Germany, Italy and Japan with a view to draw-
ing the utmost advantage from the markedly favourable turn of events
at the close of 1942.
  Premier Stalin was cordially invited to meet the President and the
Prime Minister, in which case the meeting would have been held
very much farther to the East. He was, however,5 unable to leave
Russia at this time on account of the great offensive which he himself,
as Commander-in-Chief is directing.
  The President and the Prime Minister realized to the full 6 the
enormous weight of the war which Russia is successfully bearing
along her whole land front, and their prime object has been to draw
as much of the weight as possible off the Russian armies by engaging
the enemy as heavily as possible at the best selected points.
  Premier Stalin has been fully informed of the military proposals..
  The President and the Prime Minister have been in. communication
with Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek. They have apprised him of
the measures which they are undertaking to assist him in China's mag-
nificent and unrelaxing struggle for the common cause.
  The occasion of the meeting between the President and the Prime
Minister made it opportune to invite General Giraud 7 to confer with
the Combined Chiefs of Staff and to arrange for a meeting between
him and General de Gaulle.8 The two Generals have been in close
consultation.
4In the text released to the press, this sentence reads as follows: "The,
Presi-
dent was accompanied by Harry Hopkins (Chairman of the British-American
Munitions Assignments Board) and was joined by W. Averell Harriman (United
States Defense Expediter in England) ."
'The word "however" was not included in the text released to the
press.
6 The phrase "to the full" reads "up to the full" in
the text released to the press.
7At this point, the text released to the press contains the following insertion:
"(General Henri Honor6 Giraud, High Commissioner of French Africa)."
8At this point, the text released to the press contains the following insertion:
"(General Charles de Gaulle, Fighting French Commander).."
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