2-314 Memorandum for Admiral Stark, December 2, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 2, 1940

Memorandum for Admiral Stark1

December 2, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]


Subject: Joint Basic War Plans, Rainbows Nos. 3 and 5.

1. Referring to your memorandum of November 29, 1940, I will raise no further objection to the Rainbow Plan No. 3 (submitted with your memorandum to me of November 22, 1940).2 But since the War Department does not subscribe to the concept of that plan, I would suggest that the Army and Navy also prepare an alternative plan for later presentation to the President. This alternative plan should be based on the concept outlined in paragraph 4, of my memorandum of November 29, 1940. Under such a plan the fleet would be retained initially in the Pacific and not moved at once to the Atlantic, as is contemplated in Rainbow Plan No. 5. In other words, the War Department suggestion for a Rainbow Plan No. 3 would cover only the period from the declaration of war with Japan up to the time that we initiate a major offensive in the Atlantic theatre against the Axis Powers.

2. I favor an effort to obtain the British point of view as to the help they need from us to defeat Germany and Italy. I would like to have our Military Attach

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