740.00112 European War 1939/6000: Telegram

The Consul General at Algiers (Cole) to the Secretary of State

456. From Murphy. Your 212, July 8, 11 p.m. I have discussed with the competent officials here the question of overcoming the new German condition to the departure of the accord vessels. They propose that a hint be conveyed to the Germans through proper channels in Vichy that if the latter insist on this unreasonable condition, widespread publicity will be sent throughout North Africa which would leave no doubt in the minds of the population regarding the German responsibility for the failure of these much-needed supplies to reach this area. Vichy informed. [Murphy.]