The Ambassador in Germany ( Dodd ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 16—5:40 p.m.]
49. Cabinet promulgated brief law late this afternoon for expansion army. It provides for army service on basis of compulsory military service, 12 army corps of 36 divisions and early introduction of supplementary law for compulsory service.
Proclamation of Chancellor issued later understood to record deception suffered under Wilson 14 points34 and to contain indictment of the treatment accorded Germany since war.[Page 297]
Two year military service in France and announced further armament, public arming of Russians, and revelations of White Book35 interpreted here as negation disarmament idea are reported as having caused immediate promulgation of German law allegedly as a necessary means of safety.
A lengthy party proclamation supporting Chancelor’s attitude is also in course of issuance.