Major General Frederick C. Poole, Royal Army, to British War Office
S E C R E T.
From: General Poole, Archangel.
To: War office.
Despatched 12.20 a.m. 12th August 1918.
Received 7.50 a.m. 12 August 1918.
Clear the Line.
E.251 August 11th.
Very urgent. I have received no news of despatch of either the British battalion which was due to arrive middle of August or of Italian and American battalions. I most strongly urge you to expedite despatch of all these. I have counted on their arrival up to time stated and my plans will be interfered with if there is any hitch. I am quite cheerfully taking great risks but it will be a pity if delays in despatch which could be overcome should be allowed to spoil our realization of promising chance of a hugh success.
Please send me urgent reply giving me definite dates.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Note below close: “P.T.O.”