763.72/12333: Telegram

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

5975. Following joint telegram from Allied Ministers dated Jassy, November 17th:

“The Roumanian Government has reported to me that the German armies in withdrawing through Transylvania are seizing the railway rolling stock there. Although so far as we are aware from the information to hand at the present moment the terms of the armistice do not appear to cover this point. The Roumanian Government asks us to intervene so that the German troops may not appropriate to themselves public or private property which they find in Transylvania and especially the railway’s rolling stock. We draw attention to the political interest which lies in giving satisfaction to this request and to the military interest which may be found in protecting this railroad material which can be used for communication with the Allies.”