The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Beginning of World War II. Birth of the Grand Alliance

"The correspondence with President F. Roosevelt shows that, at this time, the USA and the USSR had attained full clarity with regard both to Lend-Lease deliveries and to strategic issues."

Georgy Zhukov, Memories and Recollections, Moscow, 1983, vol. 3, p. 173.

30 August 1941
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Russian translation.

English original.

Marks in red and blue pencil by Joseph Stalin.

1 September 1941
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, USA

The USSR signed the Charter on 24 September 1941.

The Charter included the following provisions:

1) no territorial gains were to be sought by the United States or the United Kingdom;

2) territorial adjustments had to be made in accord with the wishes of the peoples concerned;

3) all people had a right to self-determination;

4) trade barriers were to be lowered;

5) there was to be global economic cooperation and advancement of social welfare;

6) the participants would work for a world free of want and fear;

7) the participants would work for freedom of the seas;

8) there was to be disarmament of aggressor nations, and a common disarmament after the war.

13 September 1941
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Marks in lead pencil by Joseph Stalin.