239 Department of External Affairs to Sir John Latham, Minister to Japan
Cablegram 14 29 December 1940,
Your No. 20.  Enemy raider shelled Phosphate Commission's plant and buildings Nauru December 27th, causing serious damage. Not yet fully established what exact markings on raider were, but latest evidence indicates that during bombardment vessel flew Nazi flag and covered certain external Japanese markings with Nazi colours.
Will telegraph again on receipt of further information compiled by Naval Board.