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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States : diplomatic papers : the Conference of Berlin (the Potsdam Conference), 1945
(1945)

Initial correspondence concerning a tripartite conference,   pp. 3-20 PDF (5.6 MB)


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    INITIAL CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING
              A TRIPARTITE CONFERENCE
                                No. 1
Truman Papers: Telegram
           Prime Minister Churchill to President Truman
TOP SECRET                                      LONDON, 6 May 1945.
  Prime Minister to President Truman. Number 34. Personal and
top secret.
  I send you in my immediately following telegram 2 the personal
answer 3 which U. J.4 has sent to me on my long telegram of April 295
which latter you thought well of and also supported by the message
quoted in your Number 25.6 It seems to me that matters I can hardly
be carried further by correspondence and that, as soon as possible,
there should be a meeting of the three heads of governments. Mean-
while we should hold firmly to the existing position obtained or being
obtained by our armies in Yugoslavia, in Austria, in Czechoslovakia,
on the main central United States front and on the British front
reaching up to LUbeck including Denmark. There will be plenty to
  1 Sent by the United States Military Attache, London, via Army channels.
Text communicated to the Secretary of State by Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy,
Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, in a memorandum
of May 9 (file No. 860c.01/5-945).
  2 Not printed.
  3 See Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy tvol. vi of The Second
World
War) (Boston, 1953), p. 499; Stalin's Correspondence With Churchill, Attlee,
Roosevelt and Truman, 1941-45 (New York, 1958), vol. i, p. 346. The short
title
Stalin's Correspondence is hereafter used to refer to the last-cited publication,
which constitutes a reissue (including the original title pages and with
the original
pagination but bound in one volume) of the two volumes of Correspondence
Between the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the U.S.S.R. and the
Presi-
dents of the U.S.A. and the Prime Ministers of Great Britain During the Great
Patriotic War of 1941-1945 (Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1957;
Ministry of Foreign Affairs publication). For a citation to the Russian text
of
this compilation, see document No. 21, footrote 1.
  4 Uncle Joe, i. e., Stalin.
  I See Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy, p. 494; Stalin's Correspondence,
vol. I,
p. 338.
  1 Not printed. Truman's telegram No. 25 to Churchill quoted for the latter's
information the text of Truman's message of May 4 to Stalin concerning Poland.
See Harry S. Truman, Year of Decisions (vol. i of Memoirs by Harry S. Truman)
(Garden City, 1955), pp. 254-255; Stalin's Correspondence, vol. ii, p. 228.
  7 With respect to the "matters" which Churchill presumably had
in mind, see
document No. 4.
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