852.48/420a: Telegram

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

211. Department is advised that groups representing Spanish Loyalist Government are endeavoring to arrange for ships to evacuate Spanish refugees principally from Valencia and Alicante. They fear such ships might be taken by the warships under control of General Franco unless assistance were given them by French and British Navy patrols so as to insure that they would not be captured or sunk. Kindly inquire of the Foreign Office whether the government contemplates assisting ships bearing refugees to escape.

This also sent to London.65

  1. As telegram No. 216, March 28, 7 p.m.