740.0011 European War 1939/24314: Telegram

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

610. I learn from a well-informed military source here that high military circles are very apprehensive that following the occupation of Madagascar54 the Germans may bring pressure on Vichy to admit them to a share at least of the defense of the French Empire particularly North Africa and Dakar because, the Germans are expected to say, you have proved yourself incapable of defending it.

Repeated to Vichy and Casablanca, true reading to Tunis.

  1. Occupied by British forces beginning May 4, 1942; for correspondence, see pp. 687 ff.