Tuesday, July 14, 2009

D-Day: Churchill and Eisenhower

While I was looking around for yesterday's post, I also came across this interesting piece. This article from the BBC talks about the strained relationship between Churchill and Eisenhower leading into D-Day over security issues around the diplomatic ban:
Eisenhower wanted to avoid British and American diplomatic activity to prevent the possibility of D-Day plans leaking out.

But Churchill's War Cabinet was opposed to the diplomatic ban continuing beyond D-Day.

The Foreign Office had told the cabinet it had been ''gravely hampered'' by the ban.

Britain's war time prime minister was in regular contact with Eisenhower, who would later become America's president.

Writing to Eisenhower, on 31 May 1944, Churchill said: "It will not be possible for the British Government to agree to an indefinite diplomatic ban after D-Day.

“It was we who first suggested this ban, and we did so to reinforce the security measures for which you asked.

"The object was to prevent D-Day direction, method, etc, from leaking out.

"Now a request is put forward to maintain this ban for a long time after D-Day in the interests of cover.

"You probably have no idea of the enormous inconvenience and friction which this system has caused.

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