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Shaef Agreement

Plans to achieve these objectives, developed by representatives of the Political War Executive and the War Information Office at SHAEF and approved by the Supreme Commander, had been sent to the Chiefs of Staff prior to the abolition of the G6 division. To save time, General Eisenhower asked his employees to assume that the plan would be accepted. The Department of Foreign Affairs, which had not been asked to give its opinion in advance, concluded that it was faced with the fait accompli and did nothing more than propose some minor amendments introduced by the Chiefs of Staff in their declaration of general approval of the promotion and psychological warfare plans of 11 May 1944. By the time the final amendments were approved, the plan had already been implemented in many of its key features.41 6The SOE-OSS agreement was concluded on 24 June 1942 by General William J. Donovan, OSS Director and Sir Charles Hambro, Head of SOE. The agreement specified global spheres of influence that automatically placed all future SO operations under SOE`s control on western European territory until the if such had reached a level in which it could work independently with the emerging AMERICAN armies (OSS 1944, III, XVIII); General E.E. Mockler-Ferryman, director of SOE`s London (Northern Europe) group, recommended extending SOE`s operational control to cossac, as the two secret agencies had already cooperated. This cooperation was abrogated on 11 November 1943 (OSS 1943). The full integration of the two secret bodies, authorized by the JCS, was finally achieved on 7 March 1944, when General Eisenhower ordered SHAEF to change the soE/SO name to the headquarters of the Special Force (SFHQ), subject to the Supreme Commander`s main plans and coverage (OSS 1944). The bonus of having friendly forces behind the enemy`s lines was considered probable and valuable enough that extensive preparations were made to develop and control them. On 23 March, SHAEF adopted a directive to the new SFHQ, the coordination authority linked to sabotage and the organisation of resistance groups, on its activities in Western Europe and in support of Overlord (SHAEF 1944).