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Ladies and Gentlemen, Having a certain interest in the activities of the Quebec Conference, Mr Tillman's question is of interest. The term "table the motion" which in US Parliamentary Procedure means to motion to table or "lay on the table" is defined as a proposal to suspend consideration of a pending motion, under the Westminster system of Governance extant in Great Britain and the other English speaking countries of the Commonwealth that use it, to "table" a motion or "place on the Speaker of the House table is the means by which commencement of a discussion on a proposal is initiated. And the usage of the term and its national differences in joint national meetings was emphasised to the US Government, State Department and military by Field Marshal Dill shortly after his arrival in Washington as Head of the British Joint Staff Mission. He quite probably was the linchpin of Anglo-American wartime relations. The little handbook he had produced relating "too two nations separated by a common language" I have seen reproduced over the years and issued to staff officers in joint force HQs. Interestingly, my youngest told me of a USMC officer on his Staff College Course bringing out the need for such in recent and current operations! Having looked at a number of tomes on my shelves (especially those of Martin Gilbert and Field Marshal Allanbrooke), the Quebec Conference (QUADRANT) 17-24AUG43, and (OCTAGON) 12-16SEP43, show that a tremendous amount of harmonious agreements were made during the two. Notably of course the development and future usage of the nuclear weapons programme, and such as COSSAC, and the post-war planning for the occupation of Germany. Whilst there was disagreement, notably about the US fixation of a simultaneous invasion of the South of France with the cross-Channel invasion (agreed to occur later), none of which appeared to have any major affect upon the conduct of either Conference. There are no record of serious disagreement, let alone as Mr Tillman wrote "a fight broke out." Admiral King was during both, his normal charming self, and was deliberately censured in front of senior representatives by President Roosevelt following a foul mouth diatribe in regard to the deployment of the Royal Navy in Task Force 57 in support of the US Navy in the Pacific. According to Allanbrook's writings at the time, General Marshal stated to him that he was fighting four wars; those against the Nazi's, the Japanese, the civil administration and Admiral King! King was particularly personally offensive towards Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound throughout both conferences, who died of cancer, appropriately for the 1st Sea Lord, 21OCT43, Trafalgar Day 1943. Yours, G/. G.A.MACKINLAY Gordon Angus Mackinlay <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----