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Memorandum for the President
July 26, 1945 Potsdam, Germany
In Admiral Leahy’s absence, Admiral King, General Arnold and I feel that we have completed our military business here at Potsdam. The second meeting with the Russian Military Staff this afternoon finishes, so far as we can see, such business as we might possibly transact at this time with them.1 Further, we feel that our departure tomorrow morning would have the advantage of indicating to the Russians that we were not in a position of soliciting their support nor dependent upon their participation in the war in the Far East.
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. The July 26 meeting did not include the British Chiefs of Staff, who had already returned home, but was called in order that the Soviets could answer five technical military questions put to them at the previous meeting by the J.C.S. (For minutes of the meeting, see Foreign Relations, Potsdam Conference, 2: 408-17; the memorandum containing the questions is on pp. 1327-28.) Arnold later noted that the Soviets’ agreeing to all five U.S. requests and making decisions without needing to refer everything to Stalin “was an innovation.” (Arnold, Global Mission, p. 591.)
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 251.