763.72/12564: Telegram

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

6395. Your 6579, 9th, and my 6244 and 6258, 12th. Am now in receipt of a note from Foreign Office stating that several Parisian newspapers did [sic] indeed, towards mid-November, published information to the effect that the new Roumanian Government had declared war upon Germany which information in all likelihood resulted from a confusion. On November 9th the Roumanian Government served an ultimatum upon Marshal Mackensen enjoining him to begin evacuating Roumania within 24 hours. This ultimatum very probably gave rise to the incorrect news transmitted to the United States. No declaration of war ensued nor could reasonably ensue inasmuch as two days later the armistice was concluded between the Allies and Germany.