4-166 To Joseph Stalin, December 6, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 6, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Joseph Stalin1

December 6, 1943 Radio [Cairo, Egypt]


Secret and personal from the President and the Prime Minister to Marshal Stalin.

In the Cairo Conference, just concluded, we have arrived at the following decisions as to conduct of war in 1944 against Germany additional to the agreements reached by the three of us at Teheran:

The bomber offensive against Germany, with the objective of destroying the German air combat strength, dislocating the German military, industrial and economic system, and preparing the way for a cross-channel operation, will be given the highest strategic priority.

We have reduced the scale of operation scheduled for March in the Bay of Bengal to permit the reenforcement of amphibious craft for the operation against Southern France.

We have ordered the utmost endeavors to increase the production of landing craft in the United Kingdom and the United States for the reenforcement of OVERLORD, and further orders have been issued to divert certain landing craft from the Pacific for the same purpose.

Document Copy Text Source: Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States: The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943 [Washington: GPO, 1961],p. 820.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Marshall’s draft is in NA/RG 165 (OPD, Exec. 5, Item 14, Folder 4). He read this message at the December 6 Combined Chiefs of Staff meeting. It was considered and approved and signed by Roosevelt and Churchill that evening and sent with only minor modifications. (Foreign Relations, Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, pp. 738, 749.)

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. 196.

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