No. 302  NAI DFA Secretary's Files P12/8

Personal code telegram from Michael MacWhite to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)
(No. 115)

ROME, 26 July 1943

When collapse of Fascism became known last night, Sunday, crowds demonstrated, and this morning jubilant groups are parading the streets tearing down Fascist emblems to the cry of 'Long live free Italy'.

It is feared that Northern Italy may be invaded in case of peace negotiations if Hitler has not his hands too full elsewhere. Precautions are, however, being taken here.

King of Italy appears to be popular with all classes. Diplomatic corps and officials new Government is fully [group undecipherable] and propose to continue with all countries represented same amicable relations as hitherto.

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