740.0011 European War 1939/6188: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy (Reed) to the Secretary of the State

1005. My 1001, October 21, 9 p.m. Following from same source:

“Italian Fleet now assembling at Taranto will sail from that port the night of October 24 to attack Corfu early on morning October 25. Large numbers of parachutists are being assembled with ships and supplies at Taranto and Bari. Plans are all set and may be put into operation on a moment’s notice. Present plan for attack on 25th might be delayed until 28th for technical reasons. Russia has been promised complete control of the Dardanelles for entry into the Axis.”

Inform War and Navy.