Official: Prime Minister: Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/38

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Date: 21 Apr 1941 - 21 May 1941

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CHAR 20/38/1 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Spears Mission, Brazzaville, [Congo]) promising to monitor negotiations in Djibouti [Somaliland]. 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/2-3 Telegram from Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC referring to the text of the report by Lieutenant-General Sir Thoms Blamey [General Officer Commanding 1st Australian Corps] to the Australian Government, expressing anxiety and asking that every possible step be taken to supply New Zealand troops and that instructions be issued to those responsible to ensure a safe and rapid evacuation from Greece should the necessity arise. 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/4 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]to WSC on communication with Governor of Aden [Sir John Hathorn Hall] on maintenance of blockade. 21 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/5-6 Telegram from WSC to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] commenting on the battle in Greece and promising that the safe withdrawal of men "will have precedence over any other consideration except that of honour". 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/7-8 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] asking his opinion about granting an honour to R B Bennett who has been working for the Ministry of Aircraft Production. Typescript. 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/9 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC with proposed announcement for withdrawal of troops in "impending Greek collapse". 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/10-11 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt regarding U-boats in the Atlantic; and detailing assistance required. 24 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/12 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC thanking him for tanks; commenting on South African aid; and referring to possible danger of air attack in evacuation of Tobruk [Libya]. 23 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/13-14 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] to WSC on joint declaration with President Roosevelt that production programmes should be co-ordinated for mutual provision of necessary means of defence. 23 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/15 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] asking about using smoke screens for defence in Tobruk harbour [Libya]; modifications to captured German tanks; details of action at Ageil [?El Agheila] and Mechili; and demanding more frequent reports. [see CHAR 20/38/20 for reply]. 24 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/16 Telegram from Spears Mission Brazzaville [General Charles de Gaulle, Chief of the Free French] to WSC thanking him for his telegram. 23 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/17 Telegram from WSC to Air Officer Commanding in Chief Middle East, with request from Australian Prime Minister [Robert Menzies] for greater air support for Imperial troops in Greece. 24 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/18 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt thanking him for naval support in the Atlantic, referring to "Navy Western Hemisphere defence plan no. 2", and commenting on fighting in Greece and Libya. 25 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/19 Confidential decoded telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC marked "private and personal" informing him that he would have no objection to R B Bennett being awarded an honour and discussing Bennett's residency in Canada. Typescript. 24 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/20 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC replying to points in CHAR 20/38/15 . 25 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/21-22 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Spears Mission, Brazzaville [Congo]) to WSC suggesting German-Italian troops may attack Southern Libya/Chad, then advance through Fort Lamy to French Cameroons and Nigeria; and advising building up the air defence of Central Africa. 24 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/23 Telegram from WSC to Commander in Chief Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], reminding him that his objective is "to sever all communication between Italy with Africa". 26 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/24 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin,British Ambassador to the United States]: "Do not discourage the President from posing his questions direct to me". 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/25 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with intercepted information on a heavy German air attack on Crete [Greece]. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/26 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on events at Western frontier being bad luck. 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/27 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, India] "We are greatly obliged to you for the alacrity with which you have improved on your previous arrangements". 28 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/28 Telegram from Arthur Fadden (Acting Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC congratulating him on his broadcast. [Apr] [1941]
CHAR 20/38/29 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] praising his joint production initiative with Roosevelt and the United States. 25 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/30 Telegram from WSC to [? Unidentified] thanking him for his "kind message". 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/31-33 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on danger of Turkey co-operating with Germany; referring to Syria and therefore Egypt being in imminent danger; and commenting on German infiltration of northern Africa which relies on Vichy co-operation. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/34 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC asking for answer to question about crews for destroyers. [See CHAR 20/37/123 for initial query]. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/35 Telegram from Lord Halifax to WSC assuring him that there has been no attempt to discourage President Roosevelt's personal communication with WSC. 30 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/36 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], on decision to use HMS Ark Royal, HMS Argus, HMS Furious and HMS Victorious to repeat operations "Winch" [codename for plan to reinforce Malta with aircraft] and "Dunlop"; need for protection of Crete [Greece], Malta and Libya and enforcement of operations "Tiger" [codename for plan to transport tanks on merchant ships through Mediterranean] and "Jaguar" [codename for plan to reinforce Malta with aircraft]. 01 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/37 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] congratulating him on successful evacuation; with copy of CHAR 20/38/26. 01 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/38 Telegram from WSC to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East on plans to fly Hurricanes, Tomahawks and Fulmars via Malta for route to Middle East. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/38/39 Telegram from Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] to WSC on measures for defence of Malta. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/40-41 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] to WSC agreeing that objective is to sever all communication between Italy and Africa ; also claims responsibility for the evacuation of forces from Greece and maintaining supply to Malta; and requires additional air support for all these objectives or Egypt will be lost within a few months. 29 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/38/42 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] advising no further discussions until Australia and New Zealand have been consulted. 01 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/43-44 Telegram from Government of New Zealand to WSC commenting on inadequate artillery and digging equipment for troops on Crete [Greece]; referring to the British air force's attempts to defend with 6 Hurricanes against 800 enemy aircraft; and demanding greater resources or a review of plans. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/45-52 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC on following subjects: 1) Portuguese Government's protest at proposed friendly visit to Azores and Cape Verde, and cancellation of similar visit to Spain or Canaries; 2) the importance of Britain refraining from any expedition against the Azores or Cape Verde unless Portugal is attacked, and the need for Britain to guarantee Portuguese sovereignty; 3) losses in eastern Mediterranean; 4) supplies for Turkey; 5) French problem in Syria and North Africa; 6) United States Red Cross shipments to occupied and unoccupied France; 7) the importance for General Maxime Weygand of keeping Germans out of Tunis [Tunisia], Algiers [Algeria] and Morocco. 01 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/53-54 Telegram from Sir Arthur Salter [Head of British Merchant Shipping Mission, Washington, United States] to WSC on difficulties in realising the United States promises of 2 million tons of merchant marine aid. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/55 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with message of confidence for General Bernard Freyberg [Commander- in-Chief Allied Forces in Crete, Greece]. 03 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/56 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC on informal discussions between Rear Admiral Danckwerts, and Franklin Knox [United States Secretary of the Navy] and Henry Stimson [United States Secretary of War] on naval strategy. 02 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/57-58 Telegram from WSC to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] reassuring him about the defence of Crete [Greece]. 03 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/59 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] in aftermath of evacuation from Greece, on having fulfilled debt of honour. 03 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/60 Telegram from WSC to Angora [Ankara, Turkey] on recent developments in the Middle East and Mediterranean, and regarding assistance to the Turks. 04 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/61-65 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on German infiltration of Spain and Portugal; guarantees that if their territory were to be occupied by British troops sovereignty would be restored; and comments that the situation is bleak unless the United States "were immediately to range herself with us as a belligerent Power". [May 1941]
CHAR 20/38/66 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] appending a prepared response on crews for destroyers superseded by President Roosevelt's action. 05 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/67-70 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] advising increased action around Tobruk [Libya]; referring to implications of operation "Tiger" [codename for operation to pass merchant ships through the Mediterranean]; and commenting on situation in Middle East. With amendments in secretary's hand, including additional message of support for General Leslie Morshead at Tobruk [Libya]. 04 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/71 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] with message to be read at Annual Banquet of American Book Sellers Association, deploring Nazi tyranny over freedom of expression. [See also CHAR 20/37/65 ]. 05 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/72-73 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on tank operations in Middle East; and referring to particular danger from Iraq to Egypt, Palestine, Crete [Greece], Cyprus and Syria. 05 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/74 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC asking him to request President Roosevelt's intervention in securing [?naval] training scheme. 06 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/75 Telegram from General Bernard Freyberg [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Force in Crete] to WSC expressing confidence in situation; and requesting more equipment and aircraft. 05 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/76 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC with invitation from University of Rochester, United States, to receive Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in absentia, and make a broadcast speech to United States on commencement day. [see CHAR 20/38/123 for reply.]. 06 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/77 Telegram from Emperor Haile Selassaie of Ethiopia to WSC thanking the British and the Dominions troops for their collaboration in defending Ethiopia. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/78 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] advising that Hurricanes will be sent from Malta; suggests revolt in Iraq should be crushed before it is exploited by Germany. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/79 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with message for General Bernard Freyberg [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in Crete] congratulating New Zealand troops. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/80 Telegram from WSC to Air Officer Commanding Iraq congratulating him on vigourous action [in suppressing the revolt]. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/81 Telegram from Major-General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] (Cairo [Egypt]) to WSC reporting on "depressing" impressions of recent conference at General HQ; General Georges Catroux of Free France is determined to defend Syria; and feels only solution is to persuade Colonel Collet [Vichy France] to join in repelling German invasion. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/82 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking if he would accept appointment as an Honorary Field Marshal of the British Army. 08 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/83 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC on conversation with Cordell Hull [United States Secretary of State] informing him that his suggestion [on crews for destroyers] had been overtaken by events. 08 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/84-88 Telegram from General Henry Arnold [Chief of the United States Air Corps] to WSC blaming division of responsibility for underproduction by assembly points at Takoradi [Ghana]. With accompanying letters of 11 May 1941 indicating that WSC replied and that Arnold's message and WSC's reply were forwarded by WSC's Private Office to the Foreign Office and Buckingham Palace. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/89 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with information that Rashid Ali and Iraqi partisans are in "desperate straits"; advises joining Habbaniya forces and advancing on Baghdad [Iraq]; refers to danger of Germans capturing Syria and suggests aiding General Georges Catroux and Free French in defending the country. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/90-92 Two copies of telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to President of the United States](Washington) on shipping losses in April. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/93 Telegram from Major-General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] (Cairo [Egypt]) to WSC reporting that General Georges Catroux hopes that General Paul Legentilhomme may be involved with negotiations conducted by Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham [Commander- in-Chief, Mediterranean] with authorities at Djibouti [Somaliland]. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/94 Telegram from Major-General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC on failure of General Paul Legentilhomme's mission to Djibouti [Somaliland]; suggests negotiations rather than continuance of blockade. 07 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/95 Telegram from WSC to Haile Selassaie [Emperor of Ethiopia] congratulating him on his triumphant return to Addis Ababa [Ethiopia]. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/96 Telegram from WSC to the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs on the anniversary of the German invasion. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/97 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Belgium [Hubert Pierlot] on the anniversary of the German invasion. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/98 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of the Netherlands on the anniversary of the German invasion. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/99 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC reciting message from garrison at Tobruk [Libya] thanking WSC for his message. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/100 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on tank offensive planned for Sollum area [Egypt]; and the balance of attacking Iraqi Army whilst not alienating Iraqi people. 09 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/101-102 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt accepting offer from General Henry Arnold [Chief of the United States Air Corps] for one third of United States airforce pilot training places to go to British pupils. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/103-105 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC on success of Robert Menzies' [Prime Minister of Australia] visit to Ottawa [Canada]. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/106-107 Telegram from WSC to General Henry Arnold [Chief of the United States Air Corps] thanking him for information on problems with aircraft assembly at Takoradi [Ghana] and repying to the points raised. 11 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/108-111 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC promising extra supplies for the Middle East; expressing belief that Atlantic will be decisive theatre; and reporting that Ambassador William Leahy [United States Ambassador to Vichy France] believes Marshal Henri Petain [President of the Vichy Republic] has support of French, but will be ignored by Germans infiltrating Morocco. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/38/112 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] on Robert Menzies's [Prime Minister of Australia] successful visit to Canada, and Canadian unity. 11 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/113 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] asking his approval for Vincent Massey [Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom]to be made a Privy Counsellor. 12 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/114 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] stating that he does not object to Wavell going to Basra to meet Commander-in-Chief, India [General Sir Claude Auchinleck] but presumes that Wavell is personally making sure that the contents of "Tiger" [Codename for operation to pass merchant ships through Mediterranean] are placed at the hands of troops at the earliest moment, and citing 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians Chapter VI Verse 2. Asks Wavell whether another dozen tanks should go to help "Scorcher" [Codename for the British occupation and defence of Crete, Greece]. Comments on situation in Iraq, explains that immediate task is to beat down Rashid Ali's forces with the utmost vigour, and urges acceleration of mobile column. States that movement of Indian Brigade eastward to Palestine [later Israel] must not be at expense of offensive action in desert theatre. 13 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/115 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], thanking him for the naval contribution to success of operation "Tiger" [codename for operation to pass merchant ships through Mediterranean], and stating that it may prove decisive in Libyan campaign. [see CHAR 20/38/125 .]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/116-117 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, India [General Sir Claude Auchinleck], on assembling Indian force at Basra [Iraq]; and the need for installation of friendly government in Baghdad [Iraq]. 13 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/118-119 Telegram from Acting High Commissioner of South Africa, with message from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC accepting the appointment as an Honorary Field Marshal of the British Army. 13 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/120 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC: Reports that tanks have been sent to join General William Gott's forces in attacking Sollum area [Egypt] without waiting for "Tiger" [codename for operation to pass merchant ships through Mediterranean]; states that securing Baghdad [Iraq] will be difficult as Iraqis have flooded roads and German airforce is in vicinity. 13 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/121-122 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt: reports that the situation in Libya is secure, comments on Iraq, and states that the position in Syria is anxious; while Spain, Azores and Cape deVerde Islands are vulnerable to German invasion. Promises to send report on Rudolph Hess. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/123 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] accepting invitation of Honorary Degree from University of Rochester [United States]; and confirming that he will make speech to University on June 16. [see CHAR 20/38/76 .]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/124 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on equipment and plans for operation "Scorcher" [Codename for the British occupation and defence of Crete, Greece]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/125 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] to WSC thanking him for his congratulations [see CHAR 20/38/115 ]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/126 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Brazzaville [Congo]) on decision to maintain blockade of Djibouti [Somaliland]; on need for General Georges Catroux to remain in Palestine [later Israel]; and extending invitation for de Gaulle to visit Cairo [Egypt]. [see CHAR 20/38/129 .]. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/127-128 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on impending air attack on "Colorado" [codename for Crete][T179]; with reply from Wavell on operation "Scorcher" [codename for British occupation and defence of Crete] [T180]. 15 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/129 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] to WSC: contains response to. 15 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/130-132 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC with detailed assessment of likely German attack: Ukraine Caucasus, Middle East plus French Africa, Britain and the Atlantic. With note in the hand of John Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] that the Dominions Office have asked for this telegram to be circulated to the War Cabinet and Defence Committee. 14 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/133-135 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] agreeing with assessment; Middle East has been fortified, western Mediterranean more doubtful; United States aid in Atlantic essential; Hitler massing forces against Russia. 16 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/136 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC asking what Rudolph Hess had said about Hitler's plans for America as this would greatly influence public opinion in the United States. 15 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/137 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] for WSC asking for guidance on continuance of Canadian relations with the French Government. 16 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/138 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] asking if the hundred extra tanks requested are essential. 17 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/139-142 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on interviews with Rudolph Hess who referred mostly to British Empire and Russia and disparaged America [4 pages of longer document]. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/38/143 Telegram from General William Dobbie [Governor and Commander -in-Chief, Malta] to WSC thanking him for sending Stephenson but praising defence led by Maynard. 17 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/144 Telegram from WSC to General William Dobbie [Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta] proposing Stephenson to lead coastal air fighting against German shipping. 16 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/145 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], wishing him success in operation "Scorcher" [codename for the British occupation and defence of Crete]. 18 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/146 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with message of support for General Bernard Freyberg [Commander- in-Chief, Allied Forces in Crete]. 18 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/147 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on General Bernard Freyberg's [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in Crete] confident appraisal of defences of Crete [Greece]. 17 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/148 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] reciting correction to his telegram of 17 May [see CHAR 20/38/149]. 18 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/149 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] congratulating troops on capture of Halfaya and Sollum [Egypt]; and commenting on the good news from Tobruk [Libya]. 17 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/150 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC reporting on surprising enemy strength at Sollum [Egypt]; that Habforce has been kept from Baghdad [Iraq] by floods; and on meeting with General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, India]. 15 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/151 Telegram from Wendell Wilkie (through British Press Service, New York, [United States]) to WSC on confusion over policy regarding need for aircraft and ships. 17 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/152 Telegram from WSC to General William Dobbie [Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta] reporting that Stephenson is sick so a further replacement is being sent as Maynard needs a change. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/153 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with congratulations for Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean] and [?General William] Platt. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/154 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] demanding up to date information on arrival of "Clan Chattan" and deployment of cruisers [Cruiser tanks referred to as tiger cubs] and supplies; asks about instalment of tanks into Tobruk [Libya] at night. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/155 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], to WSC thanking him for his message. 20 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/156 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on unforeseen delays due to equipment problems with cruiser tanks. 19 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/157 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] advising breaking off diplomatic relations with Vichy France and conveying message to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] for French Legation in South Africa. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/38/158 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] on complaint regarding communications made by Wendell Wilkie [see CHAR 20/38/151]; after consulting John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain] and President Roosevelt, WSC asks Halifax to read enclosed reprimand but convey gentler message. [see also CHAR 20/39/1-4 ]. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/38/159 Old file cover. May 1941