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Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/68A-B

Part of CHAR 20; previous record CHAR 20/67; next record CHAR 20/69A-B.

Date: Dec 1941 - Jan 1942

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The majority of material in this file dates to January 1942.

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Physical: 2 bound files (152 folios)
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CHAR 20/68A/1 Old file cover; annotated in various hands, including [Denis Kelly, Literary Assistant to WSC, 1949]. Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/11 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, to WSC on modifications to the Empire Air Training Scheme; asks about strength of force in South Western Pacific. 31 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/68A/12 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, to WSC rejecting the decision by the Chiefs of Staff to have separate Indian and Pacific fleets to face the superior Japanese fleet. 01 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/13-14 Telegrams from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including: enemy movement around Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya]; prisoner- of-war figures and a damage report following surrender of Bardia; success at Bardia due to tanks and South African infantry, the RAF and the Australian and Free French air forces. 02 Jan 1942 - 03 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/15 Telegram from WSC to Stalin querying the critical tone of an article in the December 31 issue of Pravda as it might hinder WSC's attempts to gain support for the Soviet Union in the United States. [See CHAR 20/68A/48 for Stalin's reply]. 03 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/16 Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] on his proposals for Allied landings on Atlantic coast [? of North Africa], depending on the progress of General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and the transatlantic development of operation "Gymnast" [codename for the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa]. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/17 Telegram from WSC to [Alfred Duff Cooper, Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, later 1st Lord Norwich] explaining that he paid tribute to the assistance of the Netherlands [against Japan] in his speech in Ottawa [Canada, 30 December 1941]. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/18-19 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin], with information sent from William Bullitt [special representative to Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, in the Near East] to Roosevelt on the need to secure Egypt as a base for operations in Libya, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, and for transit to India and the Far East; also on the need to stop Italian aviation fuel convoys to Tripoli [Libya]. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/2 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including infantry and tanks in the Western desert against Germans and Italians, prisoner-of-war figures and South African divisions. 01 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/20-24 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] enclosing a directive sent to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India and Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] on definition of the "ABDA" [Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian] strategic area, forces available to Wavell and policy encompassing Burma, Australia, Malaya [later Malaysia], the Dutch East Indies [later Indonesia] and the Philippines, against Japan; outlines responsibilities of commanders. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/25-26 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] on subjects including: defining the command area of General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India and Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] as not including Australia or New Zealand, or their communications with the United States; the responsibilities of the United States Navy; the spread of resources between the Middle East and Malaya [later Malaysia]. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/27 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] relaying note by the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] on the inadvisability of Allied combined fleet engaging Japanese Fleet in Pacific, in aftermath of Pearl Harbor [United States] attack, where Japan has air superiority. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/28 Telegram from WSC to the Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] refusing to remove General Sir Claude Auchinleck from command in Middle East [? to be Commander-in-Chief, India], asks if [? General Sir Alan Hartley, General Officer Commanding- in-Chief, Northern Command, India] or [? General Sir William Platt, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, East African Command] would be acceptable. [04 Jan 1942]
CHAR 20/68A/29 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, refusing to remove General Sir Claude Auchinleck from command in the Middle East. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/3-5 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC rejecting the definition by the Chiefs of Staff of the Australian area as Australia, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands, New Hebrides and Fiji, and the view that this area should be excluded from the protection of the United States fleet; favours the Pacific area instead. 01 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/30 Telegram from WSC to the British High Commissioner in Australia [Sir Ronald Cross] thanking him for his letter. 02 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/31 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC reporting on engagements around Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya], casualty figures of 22 Armoured Brigade, prisoner-of-war figures and weather damage in Syria and Palestine. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/32 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander- in-Chief, India [and Supreme Commander, South West Pacific], advising he should set up his headquarters in Java [Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia] as also advised by the United States. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/33 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC reporting on increased enemy fighting around Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya], and Agheila, prisoner-of-war figures from Bardia, the bombing of Halfaya and Benghazi being nearly ready as a supply base. 05 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/34 Telegram from WSC to [Alfred] Duff Cooper, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [and Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] recalling him to Britain, via Java [Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia] to liaise with General Sir Archibald Wavell, Supreme Commander, South West Pacific. [05 Jan 1942]
CHAR 20/68A/35 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in- Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including: no change at Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya]; prisoner-of-war figures from Bardia, including the Germans; enemy aircraft driven away from Benghazi. 06 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/36-38 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to the Dominions Office outlining requirements for Australian representation on councils formulating Pacific strategy. 06 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/39-40 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State, Middle East, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC requesting an answer to his telegram; with reply advising the report is in the post. 06 Jan 1942 - 07 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/41 Telegram from WSC to General Georges Catroux [Commander- in-Chief of Free French in the Levant] with best wishes for 1942. 04 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/42 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC: Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya] clear of enemy and Halfaya under attack from air, sea and land. 07 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/43-44 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] on United States naval responsibility for south-western Pacific; regrets not consulting Fraser more fully; also includes covering note by John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. 08 Jan 1942 - 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/45 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] promising an early reply to his telegram T 25/2 [6 January, CHAR 20/68A/36-38]. 08 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/46 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on fighting around Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya]; forward patrols slowed by mines and bad weather affecting sea operations at Benghazi. 08 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/47 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Supreme Commander, South West Pacific, on combat in Malayan Peninsula [later Malaysia]; approves of general conduct but suggests submarines be used to frustrate Japanese penetration movements up rivers. [See CHAR 20/68A/55 for reply]. 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/48 Telegram from Stalin to WSC denying official endorsement of Pravda article on relations between the Soviet Union and United States. [See CHAR 20/68A/15 for WSC's telegram]. 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/49 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton, Minister of State, Middle East [later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC requesting the lifting of the blockade on Greece as thousands are starving to death, and loyalty is wavering. 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/50 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on forward troops around Agheila, Agedabia [Ajdabiyah] and Wadi-el-Faregh [Libya], action involving Polish and Indian troops and the strength of Italian and German forces. 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/51-54 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] on the co-ordination of defence between Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, including the need to incorporate the United States contribution into the south western Pacific, and the defence of Australia itself; Australian, New Zealander and Dutch representatives will report via London to Washington until a Supreme Commander has been appointed. 09 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/55 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC responding to T 33/2 [CHAR 20/ 68 A/47]; Dutch submarines already in use in Malaya [later Malaysia]. 10 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/56 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on the enemy being dug in south of Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya] with anti-tank guns and the continuing bombardment of Halfaya. 10 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/57 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC thanking him for essential arms and equipment for the defence of Fiji and New Zealand. 12 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/58 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, to WSC urging air-borne reinforcement of Malaya [later Malaysia] before the 8th Australian Division fight a decisive battle against the Japanese. 11 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/59 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, asking how the retreat and escape of General Erwin Rommel's Italian troops affects "Acrobat" and also "Gymnast" and "Super-Gymnast" [codenames for an operation against Tripoli, Libya, the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa and a combined landing by British and United States forces]. 11 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/6 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in- Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including a tank encounter to the south of Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya], the accuracy of RAF bombing and the movement of enemy ships from Ras el Aali. 31 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/68A/60-66 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC reviewing recent developments, including: an anticipated German attack in North Africa; the feeling that Britain is less concerned with the Pacific than with Europe; WSC's discussions with the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt; the definition of South West Pacific; the division of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean into different theatres; the need for naval supremacy against Japan which has already crippled the United States Pacific Fleet, captured the Philippines, and sunk HMS Prince of Wales; demands to know planned response. 12 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/67-68 Telegram from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC and the Secretary of State for the Colonies [1st Lord Moyne, earlier Walter Guinness] on a lack of confidence in the local administration: suggests Major-General Keith Simmons, Fortress Commander, be appointed as military governor, supported by Brigadier Simson, Director General of Civil Defence, and that Hugh Fraser should replace the Colonial Secretary [Stanley Jones], and that A B Jordan, Secretary for Chinese Affairs, be dismissed. 11 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/69-70 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC with impressions of personalities in Batavia [later Djakarta, Java, Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia]: Hart, [Admiral Thomas Hart, United States Admiral in the Pacific], Palliser [? Rear-Admiral Arthur Palliser, Chief of Staff to Commander- in-Chief, Eastern Fleet], Brett [Lieutenant-General George Brett, Commander of Allied air forces, Dutch East Indies], General Hein ter Poorten [Commander-in-Chief, Dutch East Indies Army] and Admiral Helerich [? Vice-Admiral Conrad Helfrich, Commander- in-Chief, Netherlands Naval Forces in the East]; includes filing note. 12 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/7 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, requesting a quick finish in the Bardia [Libya], Sollum and Halfaya regions [Egypt]. 31 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/68A/71 Telegram from WSC to Stalin with good wishes and admiration of the Soviet Union's armies; annotated by Denis Kelly [Literary Assistant to WSC]. 12 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/72-73 Telegrams from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including: the disorganisation of the enemy; Germans and Italians have retreated to Marsa el Brega [Qasr al Burayqah, Libya], Maatex Giofen and Agheila; development of Benghazi hindered by bad weather; enemy weakness and remaining troop numbers; Auchinleck wants to accelerate pressure in Libya and proceed with "Acrobat" [codename for operation against Tripoli] as news from Russian front is favourable. 12 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/74 Telegram from WSC to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] promising to send proposals for the co-ordination in London of Australian, New Zealand and Netherlands governments in the conduct of war against Japan. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/8 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC asking for confirmation of press statement that General Sir Archibald Wavell will command United States and British land operations in the Pacific whilst Admiral King [? Admiral Ernest King, United States Navy] will command the combined navies. 02 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68A/9-10 Telegrams from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including: activity in Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya]; RAF bombing of Ras Aali; prisoner-of-war figures; fighter planes over Agedabia; news from Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander of 8th Army] on the Allied capture of Bardia, and release of British prisoners-of-war. 02 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/100 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC on defence of Batavia [later Djakarta, Java, Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia] against Japanese attack across Johore Straits. 16 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/101-102 Telegrams from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on the surrender of Halfaya [Libya] and prisoners-of-war and supplies captures; Allied prisoners liberated; commends Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander, 8th Army], Lieutenant-General [Charles] Willoughby Norrie [General Officer Commanding 30th Corps (Middle East)] and Major-General Isaac de Villiers. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/103 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] agreeing with his opinion on the telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] of 14 Jan 1942 [CHAR 20/68B/95]. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/104 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] congratulating him on success at Halfaya [Libya]. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/105-106 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] sympathising with his complaints about lack of support [see telegram T 42/2, CHAR 20/68A/60-66] and explaining developments for defence of the Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] area, especially a representative council in London, and the scope of the ABDA [Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian] area. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/107-108 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin, to WSC on disagreements over the defence of Malaya [later Malaysia] and the speed of Japanese advance and vulnerability of Australia if Singapore falls. 18 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/109-110 Telegrams from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, on redeployment of troops: Australians to move from Middle East to Far East; United States forces to Northern Ireland (codenamed "Magnet"), the Levant and Caspian Sea, and to Iceland for training; United States contribution to "Gymnast" [codename for the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa] will be "Super- Gymnast" [codename for a combined landing by British and United States forces], and French co-operation will start "Semi-Gymnast"; "Acrobat" [codename for an operation against Tripoli, Libya] to go ahead. 18 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/111 Telegram from Stalin to WSC with best wishes for the New Year and further success in North Africa. 16 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/112 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC on the success of his visit to Canada and the United States. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/113 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC thanking him for his congratulations [on his victory at Halfaya, Libya]. 18 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/114 Telegram from Field-Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington, United States] to WSC advising he will be visiting the Governor-General of Canada, 1st Lord Athlone. 17 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/115 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] on confusion among the United States Chiefs of Staff over defence of the Philippines. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/116-119 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] on subjects including: denying personal responsibility for lack of preparation for war; relating the threat in the Middle East to European and Japanese campaigns; the development of military strategy; details of ships lost and the future build-up of naval power in the Indian Ocean and Pacific. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/120 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC on plans for the defence of Singapore; Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival [General Officer Commanding, Malaya, later Malaysia] to fight Japanese at Johore, but if he fails Singapore will fall. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/121 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] expressing thanks. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/122-123 Telegrams from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] and to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] with a proposal for a Far Eastern council in London to co-ordinate the governments of Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands in the conduct of war against Japan. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/124 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Supreme Commander, South West Pacific, insisting that Singapore be defended until the city is ruined and all equipment destroyed to prevent its capture. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/125 Telegram from WSC to Field-Marshal Sir John Dill, appointing him head of the Joint Staff Mission to the United States, representing the British Chiefs of Staff in the Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee and co-ordinating with the British Supply Mission; a suitable post will be found for Lieutenant-General Sir [Henry] Colville Wemyss [Head of British Army Staff, Washington]. 20 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/126-128 Telegram from the Chiefs of Staff to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] with detailed suggestions for the defence of Johore [Malaya, later Malaysia] and Singapore. 19 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/129 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to President of the United States] advising him of Field-Marshal Sir John Dill's new position as head of the Joint Staff Mission to the United States. 20 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/130-132 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC on subjects including: congratulating him on his trip [to Washington, United States]; commending the defence of the Far East but insisting on the Middle East and North Africa as the theatre of prime importance; Soviet success against Germany and Hitler's intentions towards Turkey and the Caucasus; making political concessions in India to secure support; improving tanks to German standards. 20 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/133 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall [Chief of Staff, ABDA (Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian) Command] to WSC advising that the situation around Singapore is worsening. 20 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/134-135 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC acknowledging the new arrangements for the ABDA area [Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian], suggesting that the United States, which has naval responsibility for the Pacific and Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] areas should be on the consultative committee and asking for improved communications with General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific]. 20 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/136 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] thanking him for his telegram; stresses complications over India. 21 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/137-138 Telegrams from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC advising that as communication has been established with General Douglas MacArthur [Commanding General, United States Army Forces in the Far East] and Sharpe [Major-General William Sharpe], he will take over command of the Philippines; Singapore defences were aimed solely at seaward attack; reinforcements for Singapore, Java and Sumatra. 21 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/139 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC advising that the Commanders-in-Chief have approved an appraisal to be given to William Bullitt [special representative of the President of the United States in the Near East] assessing minimum forces required to defend western and northern fronts in the Middle East, following diversions to the Far East. 21 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/140-142 Telegrams from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC on subjects including: naval proposals for the Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] area; the appointment of a British Flag Officer to work with the United States Flag Officer in command, both co-operating with the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board against the Japanese; the gravity of events in the Pacific not being appreciated in London, and the belief of Lieutenant-General [Henry] Gordon Bennett [General Officer Commanding, Australian Imperial Force in Malaya, later Malaysia] that the measures outlined will not repel the Japanese. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/143 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC advising that the Australian War Cabinet rejects the proposed Far Eastern Council in London and requires an Australian representative on the War Cabinet and authorised Government representatives from Britain, the United States, Australia, China, the Netherlands and New Zealand to formulate policy as a Pacific War Council in Washington. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/144 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] suggesting that he has misunderstood the proposed Far Eastern Council and that it would not be a purely advisory body; agreeing to Curtin's request [for an Australian representative on the War Cabinet]; asks if the British Government should put Curtin's suggestion of [a Pacific War Council] to the United States Government. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/145-146 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC with the views of the Chiefs of Staff on the threat of Japanese invasion of Australia and on defence: safety depends on maintaining the Allied position in Malaya [later Malaysia] and the Dutch East Indies [later Indonesia], and on the United States Fleet increasing pressure on Japanese southern communications; United States reinforcements required to increase land forces. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/147 Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos]: "No objection" [see CHAR 20/68B/139]. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/148 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC advising that General George Marshall [United States Chief of Staff] and King [? Admiral Ernest King, Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] are pleased with Field-Marshal Sir John Dill's appointment [as head of Joint Staff Mission to Washington]; the President [Franklin Roosevelt] is in good health. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/149-150 Telegram from the Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC on the Indian constitutional problem, as discussed in a telegram to Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India]; suggests that speculation by Schuster [? Sir George Schuster] and in the Times is inflammatory, and gives the harmful impression that Britain is ready to give way on India. 21 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/151-152 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC accepting proposals of 14 January [see CHAR 20/68B/87-89] on the establishment of an Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] and ABDA [Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian] area and closer contact with United States forces; hopes co-operation will extend beyond the purely naval to fully defeat Japan. 22 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/75 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State, [Middle East, Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] agreeing with his proposals made by letter to be submitted by the Chiefs of Staff to the United States. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/76 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] requesting Canadian troops to help defend the Falkland Islands which may be a Japanese target. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/77-79 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] responding to criticism of Britain's conduct of the war: explains that Malaya [later Malaysia] cannot be defended and only Singapore is vital and supports the decisions of [General Sir Archibald Wavell], Supreme Commander, South West Pacific; discusses the general direction of the war, strategy in the 'Anzac' [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] area and United States naval contribution towards defence. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/80-82 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] with figures for army and air reinforcement of Malaya [later Malaysia]. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/83-84 Telegram from WSC to the Government of New Zealand [and Peter Fraser, Prime Minister] with figures for air reinforcement of New Zealand. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/85 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, commending his decision to push for battle at Agheila-Marada front [Libya]. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/86 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on contact with enemy front, air reconnaissance and German and Italian prisoners-of-war. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/87-89 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] with proposals agreed by the United States Naval Staff and the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] for establishing a new Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] naval area, including a definition of the area and allocation of forces. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/90-93 Telegrams from WSC to John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, on the safe arrival in Singapore of a convoy including the United States transport ship Mount Vernon; with proposals agreed by United States Naval Staff and the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] for establishing the new Anzac [Australian and New Zealand Army Corps] naval area, including a definition of the area and allocation of forces. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/94 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Supreme Commander, South West Pacific, asking him to send copies of all his telegrams to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 13 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/95 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to the Chiefs of Staff on his visit to Singapore and meeting with Heath [Lieutenant-General Sir Lewis Heath, 3rd Indian Corps] and Gordon-Bennett [Lieutenant-General [Henry] Gordon Bennett, General Officer Commanding, Australian Imperial Force in Malaya [later Malaysia]]; enemy advancing rapidly, inflicted heavy losses north of Kuala Lumpur; fears for Singapore. 14 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/96 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC advising that the Commanders-in- Chief endorse his proposals for a United States Military Mission in the Middle East, responsible for intelligence and operational liaison but he will wait to hear the United States reaction from the Chiefs of Staff. 15 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/97 Telegram from the British High Commissioner in Canada [Malcolm MacDonald] to WSC advising that the United States is sensitive to a Canadian presence in South America, so may object to plans for a Canadian garrison in the Falkland Islands. 15 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/98 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC requesting improved communications with Britain, increased air services and more mail deliveries. 15 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/68B/99 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] demanding tighter censorship in Singapore; enquires about defences, plans for retreat; comments on United States confidence in Wavell. 15 Jan 1942