John R. Deane

Major General John Russell Deane (March 18, 1896 – July 14, 1982), United States Army, served as Chief of the United States Military Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during World War II and was an attendee at the 1943 Moscow Conference.

John Russell Deane
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Born(1896-03-18)March 18, 1896
San Francisco, California
DiedJuly 14, 1982(1982-07-14) (aged 86)
Charleston, South Carolina
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1917–1946
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
RelationsGEN John R. Deane, Jr. (son)

In December 1944, Deane wrote to George C. Marshall: "We should stop pushing ourselves on them [the Soviet authorities] and make the Soviet authorities come to us. We should be friendly and co-operative when they do so."[1] Gar Alperovitz wrote, "This would increase America's economic leverage,"[2] but Robert James Maddox wrote, "This hardly amounts to a recipe for coercion."[3]

Deane authored The Strange Alliance - The Story of Our Efforts at Wartime Cooperation with Russia (The Viking Press, 1947).


  1. ^ John R.Deane (1947), The Strange Alliance: The Story of Our Efforts at Wartime Cooperation with Russia, New York: Viking, p. 86.
  2. ^ Gar Alperovitz (1965), Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam—The Use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power, New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 36.
  3. ^ Robert James Maddox (1973), The New Left and the Origins of the Cold War, Princeton, NJ: Princeton, p. 68.