860c.00/7–1845: Telegram

No. 1119
The Ambassador in Italy ( Kirk ) to the Acting Secretary of State

2979. War Office informed AFHQ that Daily Telegraph reported extracts from an apparently inflammatory speech on July 11 by General Anders and the Observer of July 15 reported rebuke issued to Anders by SAC.1 AFHQ was requested to report as War Office “most anxious” to know details.

AFHQ replied that it has no knowledge of any such speech and cited cordial visit Anders to SAC on July 13.2 No rebuke at this or any other time. Anders issued order of the day on July 6 which not considered inflammatory. Message emphasizes “admirable” attitude Anders has taken under new circumstances. He is now touring [Page 1110] Italy addressing all available men stating position in Poland as he knows it, but offers every facility to return with personal guarantee of no victimisation of those who choose to go. War Office further informed that at Anders’ request AFHQ arranging for segregation and return of those who desire to go to Poland.

  1. Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander.
  2. See document No. 1123.