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Memorandum for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
June 14, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Operations of Red Air Force Subsequent to SOAPSUDS.1
Assuming that operation SOAPSUDS is successful, continued efforts to insure the destruction and/or to preclude the repair of damage of this objective should be made. The Red Air Force has bombers (Type TB-7) capable of undertaking a special operation similar to SOAPSUDS. If the situation on the eastern front is favorable in July, it would be of great assistance to the Allies if the Red Air Force were to follow up this operation and strike the same objective with force at a propitious time subsequent to SOAPSUDS.
It therefore appears desirable that at the proper time (subsequent to SOAPSUDS) the President and the Prime Minister should jointly request Premier Stalin to have the Russian Air Force undertake this mission.
It is recommended that this matter be placed before the Combined Chiefs of Staff for consideration.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. SOAPSUDS was the planned operation to bomb the oil refineries around Ploesti, Romania. For Prime Minister Churchill’s opinion of this code name, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-095 [4: 109-10], Marshall Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, Assistant Chief of Staff, OPD, September 1, 1943.
2. The Combined Chiefs of Staff discussed a proposed directive on this subject (C.C.S. 255/1) on September 10. An amended version (255/2) was presented to Churchill the following day, and he said that he would discuss it with Roosevelt. Admiral Leahy thought the proposal politically inadvisable, because the Soviet attitude might be that Britain and the United States had failed to respond to many of their requests, especially for a “Second Front,” and now the Soviets were being asked to finish an operation the Allies had initiated. (Supplementary Minutes of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Meeting, September 10, 1943, and Minutes of Meeting Held by the Prime Minister with the Combined Chiefs of Staff at the White House, September 11, 1943, NA/RG 165 [OCS, CCS 334, CCS Minutes].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 13.