File No. 861.00/2168½

The Ambassador in Russia (Francis) to the Secretary of State


304. Soviet government requests cables be short and few because only available cable impaired, overloaded.

Cole wires June 26, 3 p.m., martial law declared Archangel and “orders issued for immediate military battle readiness.”

British report Germans advancing from Pskov toward Petrograd. French military attaché, Moscow, reports Lenin and Trotsky told him, 25th, 2,000 British soldiers landed Murman, which Martin confirms, and said Council of Commissaires were considering the question of declaration of war against Entente “of which principle already adopted”; that Mirbach proffered aid, been refused, and Soviet government decided to operate its own forces immediately against efforts of French at Murman and against Japanese if intervened; that Trotsky stated no one could prevent Germans from intervening.

Since above Vosnesenski called and says reports of German advance untrue.