740.0011 European War 1939/6274: Telegram

The Minister in Greece (MacVeagh) to the Secretary of State

263. The Chief of Staff told Major Baker33 this morning that no word has yet been received by the Greek Government of possible assistance either from Turkey or England. He said the Albanian frontier has not yet been crossed but that the opposing forces there have been in contact and the artillery firing since the ultimatum expired. The Tatoi Airfield and the Corinth Canal have already been bombed, the latter without effect according to the same source. General mobilization has been declared and we have had recurrent alerts in Athens since 7 o’clock, anti-aircraft guns being repeatedly in action. There have been some excited anti-Italian demonstrations in the streets but no bombs have so far exploded in the capital and all Americans are believed to be safe.

  1. Maj. Joseph K. Baker, Military Attaché in Greece.