Memorandum by the Secretary of State Regarding a Conversation With the British Ambassador (Lindsay), [Extract], [WASHINGTON,] January 22, 1936.

I emphasized the view that . . . the most incomprehensible circumstance in the whole modern world is the ability of dictators, overnight almost, to stand 35 million Italians and 65 million Germans on their heads and so dominate their mental processes that they arise the next morning and insist on being sent to the first-line trenches without delay.


Source: U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943, pp. 306.

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