U.S. Naval Forces in Europe
20 Grosvenor Square
8 May 1945
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I imagine I am just one of the many - I think it not exaggeration to say "one of many millions" - today whose thoughts are focusing on you as being responsible more than any living human being for the happiness and humble gratitude for the events of these last few days, culminating in the good news now out - that once again sound of gunfire is no longer heard in Europe.
I realize the enormity of the tasks lying ahead, and the sobering influence thought of these tasks brings to so many of us. But that stops neither our rejoicing with you, in whom hope for this day has so much centered, nor our feeling of thankfulness to you for all you have wrought.
I know the relief and the great joy you must feel in finishing some of your heavy burdens -- and pray God for your guidance and success in fashioning events yet to come, looking toward "Peace on earth, goodwill toward men".
My very best and deepest personal wishes, and in which I know all our Navy here would join.
*We will all celebrate with you in spirit on your fifth anniversary as Prime Minister. What a glorious page it will be in the history of old England.
The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, C.H., M.P.,
10 Downing Street