File No. 763.72/13344

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

[Telegram]

9443. For the Secretary and the President:

The most grateful appreciation continues to be expressed in all quarters of our hastening troops to help British Army, and of the President’s Baltimore speech. Such encouragement comes opportunely because the continued gain of ground by the Germans, their large capture of guns and other material, as well as British loss of men, cause increasing uneasiness here. Generals on the War Staff here deny directly the accuracy of military statement in Prime Minister’s speech last night, and say the situation is far more critical than he pictured it. The news today is still less assuring.

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