The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Personal and most secret message from Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin on the impossibility of sending a convoy in March on account of the high concentration of German ships in the Barents Sea

30 March 1943
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Russian translation.

English original.

"The Germans have concentrated at Narvik a powerful battle fleet consisting of the 'Tirpitz', 'Scharnhorst', 'Lutzow', one 6-inch cruiser and eight destroyers. Thus the danger to the Russian convoys which I described in my message to you of July 17th of last year has been revived in an even more menacing form. <...> It is a great disappointment to President Roosevelt and myself that it should be necessary to postpone the March convoy."