File No. 861.77/344

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


30. Riggs,1 Moscow, wires Ruggles2 to urge me to order six railway units to Vologda immediately upon Trotsky’s request who telegraphed same would be great accommodation and Riggs adds would be useful in event of German advance which it is reported is being made in force in the Ukraine. Ruggles indorses request. Have wired Stevens through consuls Harbin, Vladivostok to send six units to Vologda immediately and has [on his?] authority.

Riggs states that French Military Mission has complied Trotsky’s request and assigned 38 French officers to assist organizing new army.

  1. Capt. E. Francis Riggs, Assistant Military Attaché.
  2. Lieut. Col. James A. Ruggles, Military Attaché.