FROM: VISCOUNT HALIFAX

TO: MINISTER VON RIBBENTROPP

19AUGUST, 1940

SIR, WE IN THE CABINET HAVE COME TO THE DECISION THAT WE WILL BEGIN ROUNDS OF NEGOTIATIONS TO BRING A SATISFACTORY CONCLUSION TO THE END OF THIS WAR. WE ARE WILLING TO MEET IN A NEUTRAL NATION TO REACH A SETTLEMENT. WE EXPECT ALL DIPLOMATIC COURTESIES AND A GENERAL CEASE FIRE.

To Generals Kesselring, Sperrle, and Stumpff.

Gentlemen, the Lion remains as stubborn as ever. They will simply not listen to reason. The Fuhrer and I are of the opinion that they are stalling for time to rebuild their broken wings. Let us give them a reason to submit. Send all of the Ju-89s up tomorrow. Arm them and give them all necessary escorts. Fly over the Isle of Britain and show them the might of the German Eagle. Test their commitment to the fight. Make me proud.

Reichsmarschall Goring. 31.08.40

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