856.48/4–1845: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Caffery)

1556. For Reber. The Department on April 4 approved a British-Netherlands plan for immediate shipment of relief foodstuffs up to 5,000 tons weekly to occupied Netherlands by neutral means and under adequate safeguards. The Department is now informed that a proposal approved by the British military and Foreign Office for dropping daily by air a large amount of supplies into German occupied Netherlands may be referred to SHAEF. In such case you may advise SHAEF that the Department would approve the additional introduction of foodstuffs into occupied Holland but only if there appears to be reasonable assurance that such foodstuffs would in fact reach Netherlands hands.