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Application of the principle of unconditional surrender to Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania,   pp. 580-613 PDF (12.3 MB)

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740.0011 European War 1939/32572: Telegram
The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman) to the Secretary
                             of State
                                 Moscow, January 6,1944 4 p. m.
                                 [Received January 7-7: 50 a. m.]
  43. Personal for the President and the Secretary: Bill Donovan 1
arrived in Moscow December 23 and left today January 6. His de-
parture was held up over a week by weather.
  On arrival I took him to see Molotov 2 to whom he described the
general purposes and activities of his organization and in more detail
his program in the Balkans. He offered to furnish the appropriate
Soviet officials with full information on these matters and to cooperate
with them to any degree desired. Molotov showed considerable in-
terest in Bill and everything he said, especially about Bulgaria.
  After consultation with his associates, Molotov arranged for Bill
to meet certain of his opposite numbers in the NKVD.3 At these
discussions, in which General Deane4 participated, it was definitely
agreed to collaborate closely, to establish reciprocal liaison representa-
tion in Washington and Moscow, exchange intelligence material,
special devices and equipment, and to carry on joint operations in such
theatres as might be agreed. The above program was approved and
authorized by the highest Soviet authorities. The Soviets have se-
lected a representative to go to Washington, whom we met, and Bill is
sending Colonel John Haskell, son of General William Haskell,5 to
be attached to our military mission in Moscow for this purpose.
  His delay here made it possible for Bill to work out these arrange-
ments in detail, and he has also had an opportunity to see certain other
people in Moscow and obtain at first hand significant information as
to the Soviet attitude on subversive activities against enemy morale
and an appreciation of the psychology of the Germans on this front.
  'Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan, Director, Office of Strategic Services (OSS).
  2Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs
of the Soviet Union.
  ' Commissariat of Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union.
  'Maj. Gen. John R. Deane, Chief, United States Military Mission in the
  'Lt. Gen. William N. Haskell, U.S.A. (retired), was a member of the staff
in charge of field operations, Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation
tions, Department of State.

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