Telegram - Winston Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt (April 16, 1941) 10:16 p.m.
LMS This telegram must be closely paraphrased before being communicated to anyone; (SC)
London Dated April 16, 1941
Rec'd 10:16 p; m.
Secretary of State,
1515, April 16, 11 p. m. (SECTION THREE)
Meanwhile our efforts to turn off the tap have met with a noteworthy success in the Mediterranean. Our destroyers from Malta in the early hours of this morning, l6th, caught a German—Italian convoy of five large ships loaded with ammunition and mechanical transport and escorted by three Italian destroyers. The whole convoy and all its escort were sunk. We lost one destroyer in the fight. We are keeping the strength of our forces secret for the present. (END or MESSAGE)