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Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Date:
1940-07-31T00:00:00
Description:
JT GRAY LONDON Dated July 31 1940 Rec'd 3:35 p.m. (stamped) REGRADED UNCLASSIFIED Secretary of State, Washington TRIPLE PRIORITY 2490, July 31, 6 p.m. STRICTLY SECRET (highlighted) AND PERSONAL FOR THE PRESIDENT FROM FORMER NAVAL PERSON: "It is some time since I ventured to cable personally to you, and many things both good and bad have happened in between. It has now become most urgent for you to let us have the destroyers, motor boats and flying-boats for which we have asked. The Germans have the whole French coast line from which to launch U-boats, dive-bomber attacks upon our trade and food, and in addition we must be constantly prepared to repel by sea action threatened invasion in the narrow waters, and also to deal with break outs from Norway towards Ireland, Iceland, Shetlands and Faroes. Besides this we have to keep control of the exit from the Mediterranean, and if possible the command of that inland sea itself, and thus to prevent the war spreading seriously into Africa. (END SECTION ONE) KENNEDY WSB, JT GRAY LONDON Dated July 31, 1940 Rec'd 6:30 p.m. Secretary of State, Washington. TRIPLE PRIORITY. 2490, July 31, 6 p.m. (SECTION TWO) Point two. We have a large construction of destroyers and anti-U-boat craft coming forward, but the next three or four months open the gap of which I have previously told you. Latterly, the air attack on our shores has become injurious. In the last ten days we have had the following destroyers sunk: BRAZEN, CODRINGTON, DELIGHT, WREN, and the following damaged: BEAGLE, BOREAS, BRILLI...
Subject:
Air bases, Destroyers (Warships), Submarines (Ships), Ireland, Norway
Partner:
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
1940 Correspondence, The Franklin D. Roosevelt/Winston Churchill Correspondence
Source:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/194838
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