File No. 763.72/1956

The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State


2586. Have seen both Von Jagow and Zimmermann on routine matters to-day. Incidentally I learned that they claim they did not know Austria was going to send munitions note at this time.1 Von Jagow said Austrians had proposed it six weeks or so ago. Regret was expressed that you did not want to talk over matters and suggest possible compromises, etc., before the German note was sent. Referring your 1947, July 14, 4 p. m.,2 I learned that possibly they would have been willing to recognize principle you refer to if it had been suggested. Possibility that even now principle may be recognized if they are assured matter may be compromised in lines indicated as modus vivendi or with possible modifications.

  1. See enclosure to despatch No. 608 post, p. 790.
  2. Ante, p. 469.