To the commanders of the 1st and 2nd Guards Tank Divisions
To the commander of the 16th Air Army
To the commanders of the 2nd and 7th Guards Cavalry Corps
Copies: chiefs of artillery and armoured forces of the Front, chief of the engineering forces of the Front, chief of Front communications, Front political chief.
In accordance with decree #11075 issued on April 23rd by the Stavka of the Supreme Command, I order that:
When meeting American or English forces, follow these guidelines:
- The senior commander in the area where the meeting occurs must immediately contact the senior American or English commander and establish a border in accordance with Stavka decrees outlined in my directive #00583 issued on April 21st, 1945. Do not tell them any information about our plans or combat missions.
- Do not initiate any organization of friendly meetings.
When meeting allied forces, be friendly. If American or English forces wish to organize a celebration or friendly meeting, do not refuse and send our representatives. Immediately report any such invitation up the chain of command and only reply positively with the permission of a senior commander no lower than a corps commander. After such a meeting, you may invite representatives from the American or English armies to meet with us.
Organize such a meeting with the permission of a senior commander no lower than a corps commander. Carefully instruct officers and generals chosen to serve as representatives for a friendly meeting with American or English representatives on their manners and behaviour towards the latter, keeping in mind this directive and military secrecy.
- Our forces must, in all cases, be an example or order and discipline. All generals and officers must keep to uniform standards and look presentable. This is demanded of all forces that can have contact with American or English forces.
If their representatives visit us, direct your utmost attention to precise order and organization during their visit. Do not receive them in HQ buildings, but organize a separate building especially for this purpose.
- When encountering allied forces, report to the Front HQ with the place, time, and number of the unit.
April 24th, 1945"