740.0011 European War 1939/2896: Telegram

The King of the Belgians (Leopold III) to President Roosevelt


Brutally attacked by Germany which had entered into the most solemn engagements with her, Belgium will defend herself with all of her strength against the invader. In these tragic hours which my country is undergoing, I am addressing myself to Your Excellency, who so often has demonstrated towards Belgium an affectionate interest, in the certainty that you will support with all of your moral authority the efforts which we are now firmly decided to make in order to preserve our independence.

  1. Translation is that printed in the Department of State Bulletin, May 11, 1940, p. 492.