740.0011 European War, 1939/64: Telegram

The Ambassador in France ( Bullitt ) to the Secretary of State

1748. The British Government has just announced that a state of war will exist between Great Britain and Germany at 11 o’clock this morning. It had been agreed that the French and British Governments should act together in presenting ultimatum in Berlin before noon today to take effect this evening. The French Government believes that the British Government took action this morning because of the attitude of the House of Commons yesterday. The French Ambassador in Berlin will present an ultimatum to the German Foreign Office before noon today and France as well as Great Britain will be at war with Germany before the close of the day. I reported this information to the White House by telephone before writing this message.