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Image: Winston Churchill and W. Averell Harriman, August 16, 1942
Winston Churchill and W. Averell Harriman, August 16, 1942
Scribbling notes to Churchill on the plane ride from Moscow, Averell Harriman asked whether Stalin had accepted TORCH-the code name for the planned North African landings-as a true Second Front. Churchill, who had met with Stalin privately just before they left, replied, "No but he thinks it absolutely right, & of great indirect advantage to Russia." Stalin's attitude seemed to signify a willingness to continue the struggle against Nazi Germany in concert with his Anglo-American allies.
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Pencil notes. W. Averell Harriman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (181)
© Crown copyright 1942


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World War II
Transcript:
8/16/42

Column 1:

Harriman: "Did he [i.e., Stalin] agree to accept ‘Torch' as the Second Front when it is started?"

Churchill: "No but he thinks it absolutely right, & of great indirect advantage to Russia"

Column 2:

Harriman: Did he seem to prefer Iceland to England?

I plan to remain in Persia for a few days. Go by rail to Persian Gulf & fly back to Cario via Basara--if you approve.

Churchill: Yes, we must go more (deeply?) with the Railways .(.&.its?). Road.

Come home with (me/one?) in a week. (DV) ?

Column 3:

Harriman: The pleasantest hour of the journey has just passed - !

Churchill: The mustard was too hot. ..?. I ...?.
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