Churchill had reluctantly accepted the Transportation Plan, but agreed an informal upper limit of 10,000 French civilian deaths with Eisenhower’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder. The Prime Minister sent a succession of memos to Tedder asking if this limit was being kept to (French figures suggest that some 14,000 civilians died through bombing in April and May 1944, the main months of the Plan’s execution). Note Tedder’s original use of the term ‘credit balance’.
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