ALFHEM ARMS SHIPMENT (W/ATTACHMENTS)

Created: 6/16/1954

OCR scan of the original document, errors are possible

c

CIA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM

RELEASEAS SANITIZED . ^ ^

Chief af4

LINCOLN

Alfhem Anas Shipment

At talc od for your Informationomprehensive report on tie Alfheo Arms Shipment. Supplements will be ipared as further knowledge on the disposition and description of the eras is obtained.

JEROME C. DUNBAR *

4

Attachment

Distribution 2Guatemala

Washington

LIN30LN

segrbt/rybat/pesuccess

Routing Form Doc.ate:

title of person to take action and that of the originator. Place comments there under by numbered paragraphs. Initial in center of page andine across the page and forward. Each recipient is to repeat above procedure until action completed and ready forhis cover-gheet mupt be retained with enclosure,

1

13

Z 3

J

Routing Form Doc.ate:

Indicate title of person to take action and that of the originator. Place comments there undernumbered paragraphs. Initial in center of page andine across the page and forward. Each recipient is to repeat above procedure until action completed and ready forcover-sheet must be retainer! wjth enclosure.

r J

i

c J

^X-

u> a.

4

MEMORANDUM FORi

Alfhera Arms Shlpaont

The attachaenthronological Bumnary of reports froa all sources, dating fromay tooy. In general, these reports are sketchy and contain little precise information as to what arcm crrivod and where they aro stored.

The following report ie token for the coot part froa thoAttachehe Chief of the Amy Missionndhowever, it also includes pertinent inforaatioa reported in the attacnaui^.

tatos that the equipaent is of Czech, Gernan. manufacture, mostly the first two. Army sources state that all. eras are of German manufacture. The arms are used, but appear to be in excellent condition. All weapons ware snippedarge cuantity of spare porta. Lt. Col., advised tho Army Attache that no technical advisora would be necessary, although there have been several reports to the contrary, one froa Ton! via SEMANTIC, statingatch radio technician iiad arrived in Guateoals City onay andore technicians were expected. Ho books of instructions arrived with the equipaent.

ons. Total number of freight oars used, eachapacity ofons,ons if each car were filled to capo-city. The figures that of the Aray Attache. It could not be independently determined from the attached euaaery how many railroad care arrived in Cuatoaala City,escription sufficient to identify each arrival is not given.

Shipment to the 1st and 2nd Regiments and the Maestranza Ordnance Depot at Port Matamoros was coop la tod by The Army Attache states that the distribution was limited to these three places.lso reported that the cargo was being trucked to the 1st and 2nd regiments In equal portions.

Both Army sourcoa state that the same type Of equipment waa wyofatd hero as was at the 2nd Reglnant.

All arms are stored at tho First Rifle Company's barracks, whlohomaot bull dingile roof. The place to which the First Company was removed is not known.

7o3 Mauser.

Can, tripod Rifles, automatic, 7raa(

hots per clip Anti-tanka Ttowitaers, artlllory,

fiotuoenMortars,

81mm {crated in

pyramidal boxes) fend grenades, block Anti-tank mines, Teller,

er case.

number

een unpacked. ives total,

many

large nuabor

- 2C# of total equipment.

rray Attache statec that no pianos were included in The Army Mission states that no vehicles of any type werethe 2nd Regiment.states that no planes wore included in tho -

shipment. Itowever,report irom the

', states thatombardment aircraft varo

scheduled for ae-dverv to Guatemalaays ofay. Ath.statos that disassembled and

crated aircraft arrived at Barriosc May. Rumourss wore among tho Alfhea sidpaont.reports that 14

knocked-dowa aircraft were among the shlpaont. statesuge crates, prasumablv rontnluLar fusolages, were inreported thatombat

aircraft were among tho shipment.

These were crated in thecasoti. SEMANTIC reports thatboxes wero being transferred to hcaes of government leaders and supporters.

Home unknown. The WW cardSensitive sourc- of RDFDS, identified merelyDS* code. ource."

report* from two sources (unknown) thatarrived aboard tba Alfhom and that the ammunition is expectedahipaentayritiah ship. Guatoaalathat it believed acoe aaaunlUon bad already arrived and that the

EHUmCreferring -ight be the SS. doth OSAray sources have described the quantity of tons and It appears safe to assume that aaaunlUon waathe shipment, since L lso reportedases of riflehas arrived. Lreportedoroan company was to ship

ons of rifle ammunition to Puerto Dartios In June.

Army Attache reports that there were no araorod cars,no vehioles of any type. Tho Army Miaeion states that "noor vehicles of any type were unloaded at the 2ndthat the second ship will bring tanks and araored cars of The eports thatcrated tanks arrivesmf. siMXXiL reports that lightarrived. StaUon Guatemala cemented onoport that otlleht tanks had arrived in Guat amis City and were being rapidly put eported that "sooo tanks" bad arrived. ESCHKLevaluatedeported thatight tanks were included inL tated thatankstho shipment.

L- communications equipment and no onti-porsonnol minnu ware reported to have arrived. ESODIC, evaluatedreported thu arrival of radar equipment. tuted that tho ownar of Uie ALFilEH has already furnished copies of bill of ladine and other pertinentre the chartering and voyage, ero is no ovidenco in tho files to indicate whether or not those papers were ever received and whether they were the authentic papers or merely thoao properec for gecoral consj^tion.*

There are nuoartxia reports regarding the arrival of two additional snips, one having reportedly left Stettin before tha Alfhaa aad supposedlyat Barrios on the evening ofay. eports the SS SAJHA sighted off the coast of Cubaay. However, no further informs Lion has been received on additional ahlps. It ia possible that there wore two other ships duo, which night have boon called offariety of roasons.

C J

xw4

Aftffi

Evalua- of

hlef f

la

May

Bombardment Aircraft

igflma .xuivwea

Scheduled for delivery to Guatemalaays.

ftay

tons

Barrios

May

Ammo in

CflflOB

tons

ccapany to ship to Puerto Barrios in June.

May

tons

on Alfhem at Puerto5 May. Unloaded

Hay

ona

vessel from Stettin to Dakar, last sighted off Brest.

Kav

panaM'Hfcy of unloftHtnrours.

May

Csech ons origin*

Barrios

May

train load

Swedish, no papers.

Cargo to fill unloaded nightay. probably finished byay. All cargo Day go forwardoad. Weighing delayed operation. Shipment may be that which Mar-

May

latox cars

for Oust Cityona)

'>

May

t.t baao

flatox cars

nightay for Goat City.

Alfhem radioed shipping agent srtinsi spent previous week at Barrios. uards during unloading.0 days to unload. Seamen reported two more shipj

tO lftflVR Stwttlp.

it

May

areas

tons

Mav

states second shipment of arms to be sent tofcoduraa.

May

crates

C neavy field pieces)

"-'ft

flat cars

for Guat City atmay.

r oars need to transporthustrains needed. Ultimate destination arms probably olosa to

box cars

fr fcra oara

being trucked to BaM Milltar aad Guardia de Honor

in amti

Hay

ay

lmtnltlona arrlvad. Are awaiting another ship whioh will bttAAty taa aoDO. ICO guards reportedorona. RailroadIndicate weightone and bom Iba. awaiting arrivajy'T'lito prepare equipment for use.

rriving on Alfheeu Other ships are coning,

Among cargo leaving8 May. Boxes bore "Belglca" narking, champagne glass, BCSO, etc. Attempt will be modeox.

Rumours theae aro amongehipnent.

aboutr cars Arrlvad at Gerona onay, includingay more armament unloaded at Guat City and trucks follows. <6

Into fatflnr^hr-

our

Original document.

Comment about this article or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA