File No. 841.85/15
The Ambassador in Germany ( Gerard ) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 30.]
Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that the Embassy is now in receipt of a note verbale from the Imperial Foreign Office, dated December 9, 1915, stating that among the ship’s papers of [Page 653] some English ships that were sunk by German naval forces were found English secret orders concerning the use of false flags and distinguishing marks. I enclose herewith two copies of such orders which have been received by the Imperial Foreign Office.
I have [etc.]