Thursday, October 6, 2016
ADSS 1.241 Maglione to Micara: German invasion expected
ADSS 1.241 Luigi Maglione, Sec State, to Clemente Micara, Belgium
Reference: Telegram 23 (AES 495/40)
Location and date: Vatican, 09.01.1940
Summary statement: German invasion of Holland expected for mid-February.
Following coded telegram 64 (1) I inform Your Excellency that news from sources which seem reliable (2), give mid-February or even before as highly probable date of offensive against Holland.
Your Excellency is requested to use this information very cautiously and eventually in turn request extreme caution.
(1) ADSS 1.239
(2) See for example Llwellyn Woodward (1962) British Foreign Policy in the Second World War, HSMO, London, p34.