The governments of Germany, Italy and Japan, considering it as a condition precedent of any lasting peace that all nations of the world be given each its own proper place, have decided to stand by and co-operate with one another in regard to their efforts in greater East Asia and regions of Europe.
Italian military armistice signed at Fairfield Camp, Sicily, September 3, 1943. Immediate transfer of the Italian Fleet and Italian aircraft to such points as may be designated by the Allied Commander in Chief, with details of disarmament to be prescribed by him.
The Allies intended to propose an Italian surrender in 2 parts, known as the Short Terms and Long Terms. Both parts had been prepared in advance by both a British and American Commission.
Employment and Disposition of Italian Fleet and Merchant Marine (Cunningham-de Courten Agreement); September 23, 1943
The armistice having been signed between the Head of the Italian Government and the Allied Commander -in-Chief under which all Italian warships and the Italian Mercantile Marine were placed unconditionally at the disposal of the United Nations.