740.0011 European War 1939/26663: Telegram

The Chargé at Tangier (Childs) to the Secretary of State

881. My 849. While in French Morocco in accordance with the Department’s instructions I discussed with General Patton the subject of the call on Orgaz. Patton at first thought it would be appropriate for me to be present at the interview but later said he had referred to his instructions and he thought the meeting should be confined to him, Major Bernadoni as interpreter and Colonel Eddy the Acting Military Attaché. Patton also said he wished the meeting to be arranged as near the frontier as possible where he would be met by Orgaz but that he would have no objection to proceeding to a point inland near Larache if Orgaz so desired.

I believe that in the light of my 880,97 the occasion would be a propitious one for General Patton to raise with Orgaz the question of possible military and other aid to Spanish Morocco in the event the Axis should attack Spain, Spanish possessions or Spanish protected territories.

Repeated to Madrid. True reading to Algiers.

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