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Memorandum from Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill on opening a second front

13 August 1942
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Marks in blue pencil and purple ink by Joseph Stalin.

The memorandum was read aloud during the meeting between Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill in the Kremlin on 13 August 1942.

"...The refusal of the British government to open a second European front in 1942 inflicts a moral blow on all the Soviet people who are expecting the creation of a second front, aggravates the situation of the Red Army on the front lines, and obstructs the plans of the Soviet military leadership. <...>

We therefore believe that one could and should open a second front in Europe in 1942."