The obscure record of the United Nations' second-front negotiations began to clear last week. These facts are now certain:

> Joseph Stalin had never been told that the Allies were committed to a second front.

> The Russian, U. S. and British Governments were equally guilty of failing to clarify last spring's trickily worded "urgent tasks" statement (TIME, June 22), which, to a large part of the public of all three countries, meant a second-front commitment.

> Winston Churchill, during his visit to Russia last summer, had some success in persuading Russian officialdom...

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