File No. 763.72/5473

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State


6526. Mr. Balfour informs me that Germany is subjecting Norway to most humiliating treatment with evident purpose to drive her into war. The British Government is using its influence to restrain Norway from declaring war but has grave fear of early outbreak of hostilities. In the event of war the Allies will be asked to give Norway help. Great Britain is making naval and aircraft plans and thinks she can prevent permanent German landing of troops. But it is probable in case of war that the United States will be asked [Page 109] to send several large men-of-war to guard certain parts of Norway’s southern coast. The British Government would be glad to know whether such naval help could be expected if needed.