Roosevelt Papers

The Coordinator of Information ( Donovan ) to the President

Memorandum to the President 1

No. 125. The following information has just been received from our representative in Cairo:

“Along with all the others here, I urge an immediate consideration of air reinforcement. Reports of British Near East Intelligence show complete ground organizations in Crete, Sicily and Greece which are ready to receive large reinforcements. Due to losses and lowered morale from exhaustion, the military situation is deteriorating. The Near East is wide open and ripe for plucking. The British Command agrees on this, but can’t get results from London. The situation in Alexandria is pathetic.”

  1. A note attached to the file indicates that on January 4 Roosevelt sent this memorandum to Churchill for his information.