File No. 861.00/1098

The British Embassy to the Department of State

No. 153


With reference to their memorandum No. 112 of January 28, the British Embassy have received a further telegram from the Foreign Office directing them to suggest to the United States Government that if it is decided to approach the Japanese Government on the subject, the opinion of the latter should be invited as to the feasibility of the occupation of the Trans-Siberian Railway and further as to whether they would be willing to undertake this operation.

His Majesty’s Government are of the opinion that, provided the means of transport are available, it would be in the power of the Japanese Army to occupy the whole Trans-Siberian Railway, as they are informed that no organised military opposition is to be expected.