357 Lord Caldecote, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Circular cablegram [C]38 [1] LONDON, 10 June 1940, 10.06 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE

Official intimation received King of Italy will consider himself at war with Great Britain and France as from midnight tonight. [2]

1 The copy cited was numbered D38. The copy on file AA: A1608, M41/1/1, however, was numbered C38 and this appears to be correct.

2 Formal notification that war had broken out with Italy was received in U.K. Dominions Secretary's cablegram C39, dispatched at 1.12 a.m. on 11 June 1940 (on file AA: A981, Italy 31, iii).

[FA: A3195, 1.4084]