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The Greek Prime Minister (Tsouderos) to the Under Secretary of State (Welles)

My Dear Mr. Welles: Relative to the question of mobilization of Greek subjects in America about which I had the honor to speak to you last evening, I enclose herewith a brief notation wherein I explain our plan on the subject.

I deemed it appropriate to send also the attached note concerning the financial problem89 which is now being anxiously considered by my colleague the Minister of Finance.

I hope that before our departure from America I shall have the honor to greet you personally and to express to you once more our deepest gratitude for the very cordial reception which was accorded to us by all and especially by the United States Government.

Yours very sincerely,

Em. J. Tsouderos
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[Enclosure]

Memorandum by the Greek Prime Minister (Tsouderos) Concerning the Drafting of Greek Subjects 90

The Greek subjects in the United States amount to one hundred thousand. The drafting of these men for our Army in the Middle East presents difficulties due to the distance and the consequent problem of transporting them then becomes dangerous and expensive.

We are hoping that we shall be permitted to draft these Greeks in America and to concentrate and train them here in groups in American army centers under American officers together with Greek officers of lower rank.

These Greek troops could be incorporated into larger American units as this is being done in the Middle East where Greek brigades are incorporated into British divisions. The armament, equipment and maintenance of these troops in the Middle East is borne by the British under a system similar to the Lease-Lend.

If the above suggestions were accepted, the drafting of Greek subjects could be extended to South America also, whence it would be convenient to transport the recruits to serve in the Greek regiments in this country.

  1. Ante, p. 798.
  2. A copy of this memorandum was handed to President Roosevelt by King George II on June 26; see bracketed note, p. 797.