| For ten days the combined staffs have been in
session, meeting two or three times a day and
recording progress at
intervals to the President and Prime Minister.
The entire field of the war was surveyed theater by
the world, and all resources were marshalled for a
prosecution of the war by sea, land and air.
Nothing like this prolonged discussion between two
allies has ever
taken place before. Complete agreement was reached
between the leaders
of the two countries and their respective staffs
upon war plans and
enterprises to be undertaken during the campaigns of
Germany, Italy and Japan with a view to drawing the
from the markedly favorable turn of events at the
close of 1942.
Premier Stalin was cordially invited to meet the
President and Prime
Minister, in which case the meeting would have been
held very much
farther to the east. He was unable to leave Russia
at this time on
account of the great offensive which he himself, as
Commander in Chief,
The President and the Prime Minister realized up to
the full the
enormous weight of the war which Russia is
successfully bearing along
her whole land front, and their prime object has
been to draw as much
weight as possible off the Russian armies by
engaging the enemy as
heavily as possible at the best selected Points.
Premier Stalin has been fully informed of the
The President and Prime Minister have been in
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. They have apprised
him of the measures
which they are undertaking to assist him in China's
unrelaxing struggle for the common cause.
The occasion of the meeting between the President
and Prime Minister
made it opportune to invite General Giraud (General
High Commissioner of French Africa) to confer with
the combined Chiefs
of Staff and to arrange for a meeting between him
and General de Gaulle
(General Charles de Gaulle, Fighting French
Commander). The two
have been in close consultation.
The President and Prime Minister and their combined
completed their plans for the offensive campaigns of
1943, have now
separated in order to put them into active and
The general objectives before the conferees were
clear. At a press
conference at the close of the sessions the
President outlined them as
Borrowing a phrase from a letter of Gen. U. S. Grant
to the Confederate
Commander of Forts Henry and Donelson during the
American Civil War,
the President called the sessions the "unconditional
The one hope for peace he asserted, lay in depriving
Germany and Japan
of all military power.
- To maintain the initiative obtained in the
days of 1942 and to extend it.
- To dispatch all aids to the Russian front
objectives of whittling down German manpower and
- To send assistance to the Chinese armies.
- To unite the French in a war against the