841.79658/84: Telegram

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

4814. Your 2086, March 15, 5 p.m. Stockholm Legation informed us several weeks ago that the morale of young Danish refugees in [Page 1214] Sweden was being adversely affected by the fact that the transportation of air corps trainees from Sweden to the United Kingdom was limited to Norwegians. In view of the primarily military considerations involved, the Department referred the matter to the War Department with the suggestion that it might wish to transport some Danes to the United Kingdom after all the Norwegians have been evacuated. The War Department has just replied that in the light of numerous practical difficulties involved, it cannot utilize the services of Danish refugees in a military capacity. It adds that the British may desire the services of some Danish refugees of military age and adds that it is prepared to consider modification of the present agreement to include such Danes as the British may desire.

Please bring this matter to the attention of the Foreign Office.