The Navy Department to the Department of State 58
The following was received from the Assistant Naval Attaché, Shanghai November 21, 1941:
At Woosung military supply base intense activity since 15th. Unusual number ships present including former merchant craft averaging 10,000 tons and up. Wednesday 10 transports sailed 8 of which carried troops. Same day 32 additional similar type anchored lower Whangpoo. Landing boats continue part of outgoing equipment. On decks 3 outbound ships observed number creosoted heavy timber trestles in sections each about 60 feet long, 8 thick and same width. Several vessels apparently recently taken over appear to be completing installation machine gun mounts after arrival here. 1,000 troops departed from Swatow last Saturday.
- Noted by the Secretary of State.↩