The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Personal message from Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill with a proposal to open a second front

18 July 1941
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Marks in blue pencil by Joseph Stalin.

"...I should inform you that the situation of the Soviet troops at the front continues to be tense. <...>

I believe that the military situation of the Soviet Union as well as of Great Britain would considerably improve if a front against Hitler were opened in the west (Northern France) and north (the Arctic).

The front in Northern France would not only draw Hitler's forces away from the east but also prevent Hitler's invasion of England."