bismarck churchills


Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt, 5/28/1941

File Unit: 1941 Correspondence, 1941 - 1941Series: The Franklin D. Roosevelt/Winston Churchill Correspondence, 1939 - 1945Collection: Papers as President, Map Room File, 1939 - 1945

Another installment in the on-going correspondence between British Prime Minister (and former First Lord of the Admiralty, hence the “Former Naval Person”) Winston Churchill to President Franklin Roosevelt. Churchill had kept FDR apprised of the latest developments in the war with Germany, as well making entreaties for materiel assistance in Great Britain’s war efforts. 

On the second page Churchill references the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck the day prior on May 27, 1941, following a concerted pursuit by British forces after the Battle of the Denmark Strait, during which the British battlecruiser HMS Hood was sunk.