The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Message from Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin on deliveries of fighter aircraft and the organisation of a transport corridor through Iran

30 August 1941
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Russian translation.

English original.

Marks in red and blue pencil by Joseph Stalin.

"We are expediting the despatch of the 200 Tomahawks about which I telegraphed in my last message. Our two squadrons should reach Murmansk about September 6th, comprising 40 Hurricanes. <...> We could send 100 now and two batches of fifty soon afterwards, together with mechanics, instructors, spare parts and equipment, to Archangel. Meanwhile arrangements could be made to begin accustoming your pilots and mechanics to the new type if you will send them to our squadrons at Murmansk. <...>

It would be a good thing to let the world know that the British and Soviet forces had actually joined hands."