Roosevelt Papers: Telegram

President Roosevelt to Prime Minister Churchill 1

top secret

Number 658. Top Secret and Personal from the President for the Prime Minister.

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In regard to paragraph six of your 825,3 there should be no difficulty for us in equipping so much of a French occupation force as they may need in a disarmed Germany from the military equipment that we will take from the German Army when it surrenders or is destroyed.

In any event, I have at the present time no authority under which it would be possible for me to equip any post-war foreign army, and the prospect of getting such authority from the Congress is more than doubtful.

  1. Sent to the United States Naval Attaché, London, via Navy channels.
  2. Other portions of this telegram are printed ante, p. 18.
  3. Supra.