Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
99 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
We understand the United States Congress has been summoned to meet this morning, 8 December, when the President will recommend an immediate declaration of war by the United States.
We contemplate that our own declaration should then follow at once, and the House of Commons is being summoned to meet at 3 p.m. In the meantime we are taking immediately all operational and security measures as if a formal state of war already existed.