740.0011 European War 1939/7899: Telegram

The Ambassador in Turkey (MacMurray) to the Secretary of State

17. For the Secretary and Under Secretary only. Both Turkish and British informants assured me that the military consultations reported in my No. 103 are proceeding very satisfactorily.

I have reason to believe that the Turkish Government has made clear its intention to fight in any of the following eventualities: first, [Page 815] an attack upon its own territory from any quarter; second, a Bulgarian attack on Greece; third, a German advance into Bulgaria; and fourth, an Axis advance threatening seizure of Saloniki. There appears to have been no decision yet reached as to the case of a German advance through Yugoslavia not directly menacing Saloniki.

The Foreign Minister4 today reaffirmed to me his confident conviction that Bulgaria will not, at any rate willingly, allow the passage of German [troops?] through her territory.

  1. Supra.
  2. Sükrü Saraçoğlu.