File No. 763.72/9857

The Ambassador in France (Sharp) to the Secretary of State


3801. German official wireless, Nauen, May 3, 9 a.m.:

Organization for transporting provisions has been put in operation according to arrangements already announced as concluded between Central powers and Ukraine. According to telegraphic information from Kiev 2,000,000 hundredweights of wheat and forage were put at the disposal of Central powers in last days of April. Considerable quantities have already crossed frontier and during these last days about 1,200 carloads provisions. Owing to food shortage existing temporarily in Austria, most of this is ceded to Austria-Hungary. Crops coming early in Hungary. Within a few weeks Austria-Hungary will meet its own needs. Largest shipments for Germany will be made in June and July. Already shipments from frontier are on way to Germany. Loads of wheat and other provisions reaching Braila from Black Sea are transported Germany by rail; 30,000 hundredweights of wheat already reached Braila.