DIRECTIVE TO SUPREME COMMANDER,
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
- You are hereby designated as Supreme Allied Commander of the forces
placed under your orders for operations for liberation of Europe from
Germans. Your title will be Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force.
- Task. You will enter the continent of Europe and, in conjunction
with the other United Nations, undertake operations aimed at the heart
of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces. The date for entering
the Continent is the month of May, 1944. After adequate channel ports
have been secured, exploitation will be directed towards securing an
area that will facilitate both ground and air operations against the
- Notwithstanding the target date above you will be prepared at any
time to take immediate advantage of favorable circumstances, such as
withdrawal by the enemy on your front, to effect a reentry into the
Continent with such forces as you have available at the time; a general
plan for this operation when approved will be furnished for your assistance.
- Command. You are responsible to the Combined Chiefs of Staff
and will exercise command generally in accordance with the diagram at
Appendix. Direct communication with the United States and British Chiefs
of Staff is authorized in the interest of facilitating your operations
and for arranging necessary logistic support.
- Logistics. In the United Kingdom the responsibility for logistics
organization, concentration, movement and supply of forces to meet the
requirements of your plan will rest with British Service Ministries
so far as British Forces are concerned. So far as United States Forces
are concerned, this responsibility will rest with the United States
War and Navy Departments. You will be responsible for the coordination
of logistical arrangements on the continent. You will also be responsible
for coordinating the requirements of British and United States forces
under your command.
- Coordination of operations of other Forces and Agencies. In
preparation for your assault on enemy occupied Europe, Sea and Air Forces
agencies of sabotage, subversion and propaganda, acting under a variety
of authorities are now in action. You may recommend any variation in
these activities which may seem to you desirable.
- Relationship to United Nations Forces in other areas. Responsibility
will rest with the Combined Chiefs of Staff for supplying information
relating to operations of the Forces of the U. S. S. R. for your guidance
in timing your operations. It is understood that the Soviet Forces will
launch an offensive at about the
same time as OVERLORD with the object of preventing the German forces
from transferring from the Eastern to the Western front. The Allied Commander
in Chief, Mediterranean Theater, will conduct operations designed to assist
your operation, including the launching of an attack against the south
of France at about the same time as OVERLORD. The scope and timing of
his operations will be decided by the Combined Chiefs of Staff. You will
establish contact with him and submit to the Combined Chiefs of Staff
your views and recommendations regarding operations from the Mediterranean
in support of your attack from the United Kingdom. The Combined Chiefs
of Staff will place under your command the forces operating in Southern
France as soon as you are in a position to assume such command. You will
submit timely recommendations compatible with this regard.
8. Relationship with Allied Governmentsthe re-establishment
of Civil Governments and Liberated Allied Territories and the administration
of enemy territories. Further instructions will be issued to you on
these subjects at a later date.
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