File No. 763.72114/3406a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page)2


6976. Ascertain from Foreign Office whether American citizens enlisted in British Army or Navy who may be captured by German or Austrian forces will receive the same supplies in food and clothing [Page 26] from British Government as British prisoners of war, and whether in case of officers British Government will require that they be given same pay as British officer prisoners of war and will refund sums expended for such payments by German Government at end of war. Would notification by German Government to this Government that such prisoners were considered by it as American prisoners of war, as has already been done in certain cases, affect their status in relation to British Government? Further, would British Government consent to food parcels being sent to such American citizens by American Red Cross from stocks at its disposal in Switzerland in case requests of relatives in the United States should render such procedure desirable?

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the Ambassador in France, No. 3345, on the same date (same file number as above); and to the Ambassador in Italy, No. 1127, Mar. 22, 3 p.m. (File No. 763.72114/3544b).