File No. 861.00/2433

The British Embassy to the Department of State

No. 864


His Majesty’s Government have received a communication from Mr. Lindley, His Majesty’s representative at Archangel, reporting that the city was occupied by British troops on August 2 without casualties. Mr. Lindley, in reporting this operation, strongly urges the vital necessity for sending out American battalions at the earliest possible moment in order to take full advantage of this success. He adds that it is of no great importance whether the American troops sent are fully trained or not.

The British Ambassador has been instructed to communicate this report to the Secretary of State, and to add that His Majesty’s Government trust that the United States Government will concur in the view expressed as to the urgency of sending American troops.