740.0011 E.W./1–2445

Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Northern European Affairs (Trimble) to the Assistant Secretary of State (Dunn)

In accordance with your instructions I informed Mr. Francis Irgens, Counselor of the Norwegian Embassy, that the proposal made by Crown Prince Olav to send a Norwegian Expeditionary Force to Northern Norway would be submitted to the Combined Chiefs of Staff by the British Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since our military authorities are already fully conversant with the proposal as a result of the meeting in Mr. McCloy’s office at the War Department on January 20, no further meeting would be necessary and the next step is up to the British. I requested Mr. Irgens to convey this message to the Norwegian Ambassador and through him to Crown Prince Olav.

W[illiam] C. T[rimble]