Franklin Roosevelt Notes

President Franklin Roosevelt was in bed, asleep, when he received word during the night that Hitler's troops were invading Poland.

This image depicts a facsimile of the note which FDR wrote.  It is maintained by the U.S. National Archives. 

Curators, at the Archives, give us more information about this note:

This item is a penciled notation written by President Franklin D. Roosevelt while in bed on September 1, 1939 at 3:05 a.m., and records how he received news that Germany had invaded Poland and was bombing Polish cities, thus beginning World War II.

The note documents that Roosevelt received word of the invasion from Ambassador Anthony Biddle, through Ambassador William Bullitt. The note also documents the President's order that all Navy ships and Army commands be notified by radio of the German invasion.

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.



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