The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Message from Soviet ambassador to the USA Maksim Litvinov to the People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the USSR Vyacheslav Molotov about the Allies’ inability to open a second front in Europe

13 October 1942
Archive of Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation

"The stance of the President on the second front has become more rigid recently. ...In our last conversations, he tried to assume the airs of a man who is firmly convinced that no debarkation is possible at the present time. This is due to the fact that he has become involved in operations in Africa, which currently exclude any operations on the Western European coast. There is no doubt that he is under Churchill's influence in this matter (as in most others)."