Saturday, May 21, 2016

ADSS 1.173 D'Arcy Osborne to Maglione: UK supports the Pope's appeal to Warsaw

ADSS 1.173 D’Arcy Osborne, UK Minister, to Luigi Maglione, Sec State.

Reference: AES 6072/39

Location and date: Rome, 01.09.1939

Summary statement: The British Government supports the Pope’s appeal for prudence in Warsaw.

Language: French and English


Lord Halifax instructs me to communicate the enclosed text of a telegram which he has sent to Berlin and to Warsaw to support yesterday’s Appeal of the Holy Father.


Telegram addressed to His Majesty’s Ambassadors at Berlin and Warsaw by His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at midnight 31 August-1 September 1939.

His Majesty’s Government have been informed of the Pope’s appeal to your Government to do all that is in their power to avoid any incident and to abstain from taking any step that might aggravate the present tension.  His Majesty’s Government desire to support this appeal; with all the earnestness at their command.

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