Memorandum by the Acting Secretary of State (Welles) Regarding A Conversation With the Soviet Ambassador (Oumansky) on a Planned German Attack on the Soviet Union, 20 March 1941


[WASHINGTON], March 20, 1941.


After the conclusion of the general conference with the Soviet Ambassador this afternoon, I asked the Ambassador to remain in order that I might talk with him alone for a few minutes. The Ambassador asked if I had any further information in confirmation of what I stated to him secretly in our last interview, namely, that this Government believed that Germany was planning to attack the Soviet Union. I said that I had additional information in confirmation of that report.

S[UMNER] W[ELLES]


Source: U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943), pp. 638


Return to Vinnie's Home Page

Return to Interwar Period Page