Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt (May 18, 1940)
Dated May 18, 1940
Rec'd 1:14 p.m.
Secretary of State,
- 1257, May 15, 6 p.m.
- Your 872, May 16 and 1243, May 17, noon.
SECRET AND PERSONAL FOR THE PRESIDENT FROM FORMER NAVAL PERSON.
"Many thanks for your message for which I am grateful. I do not need to tell you about the gravity of what has happened. We are determined to preserve to the very end whatever the result of the great battle raging in France may be. We must expect in any case to be attacked here on the Dutch model before very long and we hope to give a good account of ourselves. But if American assistance is to play any part it must be available."