740.0011 European War, 1939/15: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State

1358. My 1349, September 1, 1 [4]p.m. Draft note to Germany has received final approval of Prime Minister and of the French and is now being desptached to Berlin.15

The Foreign Office states it should be in the hands of the German Government by 7:30 at the latest. The note, in addition to requesting assurances from the German Government that hostile action against Poland has ceased, demands that German military forces be withdrawn from Polish territory and that failing to receive a favorable reply His Majesty’s Government will fully and immediately implement their obligations to Poland.

A second note containing a time ultimatum is now in preparation and it was stated at the Foreign Office will be despatched later today. The actual terms of this second note have not been finally settled.

  1. See British Cmd. 6106, Misc. No. 9 (1939), doc. No. 110, p. 168.