868.24/89: Telegram

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

275. Baker70 has been informed by the British Military Attaché who has already taken up quarters with the Greek General Staff71 that the Greek Army is short of anti-aircraft ammunition and desires 50,000 rounds of type Krupp 88 millimeters fuse type UZS–30 weight 385 kilograms. The Attaché has wired London to know whether this can be obtained anywhere in the Western Hemisphere either complete ammunition or a fuse suitable of being adapted. He is confident that his Government will soon communicate with Washington and suggests that a preliminary investigation of opportunities might be useful.

I transmit this for the Department’s information and for such use as it may wish to make of it.

  1. Maj. Joseph K. Baker, Military Attaché in Greece.
  2. Following outbreak of war between Italy and Greece, October 28, 1940. For correspondence on this subject, see pp. 524 ff.