893.24/1282b: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Rangoon (Schnare)

58. Please transmit a paraphrase of the following message from General Marshall to Colonel Adrian St. John:

“Reports indicate that commendable progress has been made in speeding up the northward movement of lend lease materials from Rangoon. Have emergency preparations been made to destroy or render useless any lend lease materials that might be remaining in that area in the event that imminent capture should so require? Preparatory plans, developed in collaboration with proper Chinese and British authorities, should be thorough and practical. You are authorized, through your disbursing officer, to obligate sufficient lend lease funds to insure effectiveness of such plans. Magruder has been informed. Acknowledge.”