Official: Prime Minister: Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/40

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Date: 16 Jun 1941 - 12 Jul 1941

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CHAR 20/40/1 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC congratulating him on his Rochester [University] broadcast which coincided with the expulsion of German consuls from the United States. 17 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/2-3 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]: comments on how defeat at Agedabia almost destroyed General Sir Archibald Wavell's [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] tank force, and details measures that were taken to reinforce Wavell; comments on battle in desert; refers to intelligence regarding the German advance on the Soviet Union. 18 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/4 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC assuring him that rumours of ill-health about President Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins [Personal Assistant and Aide to President of the United States] are greatly exaggerated. 17 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/5-6 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC suggesting Bathurst [Gambia], Freetown [Sierra Leone] and Liberia as delivery points in Africa for planes supplied by the United States; also comments on favourable American reaction to Freezing of German and Italian assets in the United States. 17 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/7-10 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC explaining why he feels he cannot leave Canada to attend a meeting of Dominion Prime Ministers in London: believes that if he leaves Canada, unity will be in danger, and refers to Conscription issue, the delicate state of relations with Vichy France, and the possibility of the United States becoming involved with the war. He states that he plans to tour Canada, and to maintain close contact with the United States, particularly with regard to the St Lawrence Waterway Agreement, and that he will send a Minister of Defence to Britain if required. 16 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/11 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reporting President Roosevelt's proposal for United States air bases at Bathurst [Gambia], Freetown [Sierra Leone] and Liberia, and the necessity of getting fighters to that part of the world to ease anxieties of Free French colonies. 18 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/12 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC asking for answers with regard to failure of opening of Operation "Battleaxe" [codename for British offensive] in North Africa. 19 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/13 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Cairo, Egypt) thanking him for his message and advice: "You may be sure that I always cherish the interests of the Free French Movement so vital to the rebirth of France". 19 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/14-16 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] on need for a change of command in the Middle East; suggests swapping General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, India]; with covering note to Secretary of State for India [Leopald Amery]. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/17-18 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt welcoming the proposed ferry service for aircraft from Brazil to West Africa; and commenting on the failure of the latest offensive to recapture the initiative in Western Desert. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/19-21 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] with precise figures of forces, tanks and aircraft involved in Middle East warfare for Australian Advisory War Council, as requested. 19 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/22-24 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] reporting the failure of latest offensive to regain initiative in Western Desert, and commenting on the severe losses on both sides. Also refers to the reported French request for an armistice in Syria, but states that there is continuing "sharp Vichy French resistance at various points". 19 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/25 Telegram from WSC to Wendell Wilkie asking him to be cautious "lest in trying to galvanize American opinion" he discloses information which may dishearten British merchant seamen. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/26 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of Smuts to attend. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/27 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of King to attend. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/28 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference. 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/29 Telegram from Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] to WSC approving exchange of commands between General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, India]. 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/30 Telegram from General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC on General de Gaulle's [Chief of the Free French] anger at the Syrian Armistice proposals being telegraphed to Washington [United States] without his permission. 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/31 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India reciting text of message to General Sir Claude Auchinleck (Commander-in-Chief, India) ordering him to relieve General Sir Archibald Wavell as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East. 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/32-33 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] informing him of orders to await arrival of General Sir Claude Auchinleck, then proceed to India as Commander- in-Chief. 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/34 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East]to WSC regretting failure of "Battleaxe" [codename for offensive in western desert] and the loss of so many "tigercubs" [tanks]. 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/35 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of King to attend (further copy at CHAR20/40/27). 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/36 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference (further copy at CHAR 20/40/28). 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/37 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of Smuts to attend (further copy at CHAR 20/40/26). 21 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/38 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC thanking him for his confidence and requesting home leave before proceeding to new command in India. 22 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/39-40 Telegram from "acting Chiefpol" to WSC reciting text of telegram from Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia to WSC objecting to the British appointing Ras Seyum as Governor of Tigre without consultation, with comments by "Chiefpol". 20 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/41 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC commenting on the reasons why it is not practical for him to attend an Imperial Conference and suggesting that WSC emphasise these in his statement. He refers to the rapidly changing nature of the war, citing the German declaration of war on Russia as an example. He states that the Commonwealth position is different from that of the First World War, as the war is spreading rapidly to all parts of the world and there have been advances in communication. 22 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/42 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC agreeing to his statement on the postponement of the Imperial Conference. 22 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/43 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] commenting on the merits and demerits of Wavell returning to England before taking up his new command in India, and stating that he is "putting the point" to the Viceroy [Lord Linlithgow] [see CHAR 20/40/45 ]. 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/44 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [incoming Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC expressing thanks for the confidence which WSC has shown in him, and stating that he will arrive in Cairo [Egypt] by 30th and confer with General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]. 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/45 Typescript copy of telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] commenting on the merits and demerits of Wavell returning to England before taking up his new command in India, and stating that he is "putting the point" to the Viceroy [Lord Linlithgow].[see CHAR 20/40/43 ]. 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/46 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] reciting text of message from General Sir Archibald Wavell outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] accepting his transfer to new post of Commander-in-Chief, India, and requesting a short period at home before taking up the new command. [Jun 1941]
CHAR 20/40/47 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] informing him that General Sir Claude Auchinleck [incoming Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] hopes to arrive in Cairo [Egypt] on 30th. 24 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/48 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reporting on meeting with Sir Alexander ?Rogers (Chairman of Ministry of Supply Mission to India) regarding development and acceleration of programme of machines in transit and suggesting that WSC meet with Sir Alexander when he returns to Britain. 24 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/49 Telegram from Sir Harold MacMichael [United Kingdom High Commissioner in Transjordan, later Jordan] reciting text of message from Emir Abdullah ibn Hussein [Emir of Transjordan, later Jordan] to WSC thanking the Allied Armies for the liberation of Damascus [Syria]. 23 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/50 Telegram from Eric Seal [Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty, British Admiralty Delegation, United States] to WSC reporting the wide distribution of libellous remark attributed to WSC about United States entry into World War One, and advising WSC to make a public denial [see CHAR 20/40/94-95 ]. 25 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/51 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reporting his discussion with President Roosevelt regarding timing of publicity relating to arrival of first contingent of United States forces in Iceland. 25 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/52 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] thanking him for his message in "telegram No.108". 25 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/53-55 Telegram from Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] to WSC advising that General Sir Archibald Wavell [incoming Commander -in-Chief, India] should spend several months in India before returning to Britain [T338]; with reply from WSC to Viceroy reciting text of telegram sent to General Wavell, with copy of telegram sent from WSC to General Wavell [T339 - T340]. 25 Jun 1941 - 26 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/56 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC "am asking Congress... to substantially increase our building of merchant ships so that we should build a minimum of five to five and a half million tons in 1942 and seven million in 1943". 26 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/57-59 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt suggesting alignment of British, American and Canadian tank design via the creation of a joint Anglo-American Tank Board . 26 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/60-62 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Personal Assistant and Aide to President of the United States] on need to maximise tank production in the next 6 to 9 months in order to meet the German threat in the Middle East and counter a possible invasion of the United Kingdom. 26 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/63 Telegram from General Arthur Smith [Chief of the General Staff, Middle East] to WSC on practical details of changeover between General Sir Archibald Wavell and General Sir Claude Auchinleck [as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]. 26 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/64-65 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC on need to build up air and tank defences in Middle East following disappointment at Sollum. 28 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/66 Telegram from WSC to Sir Harold MacMichael [United Kingdom High Commissioner in Transjordan, later Jordan] reciting text of message to Emir Abdulla ibn Hussein [Emir of Transjordan, later Jordan] thanking him warmly for his message, and recalling "with pleasure the associations of 23 years ago". 27 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/67 Telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan] containing message for Averell Harriman [Special Representative of the President of the United States] asking for a telegram from Harriman and hinting that "Considerable changes are afoot in the Middle East". 28 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/68-69 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] informing him of changes in office: Sir Andrew Duncan to be President of Board of Trade; Lord Beaverbrook [earlier William Aitken] to be Minister of Supply; Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos] to move from Board of Trade to represent War Cabinet in Middle East; General Sir Robert Haining to relieve Commander -in-Chief, Middle East of administrative work; General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, India] to exchange posts. [Jun 1941]
CHAR 20/40/70-73 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] commenting on the exchange in commands between General Sir Archibald Wavell and General Sir Claude Auchinleck; referring to the situation in the Middle East and the need to take advantage of German advance on Russia, reminding Menzies of risk of invasion of Britain, and informing him that the United States is going to garrison Iceland. With telegram from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to J Garner (Dominions Office) listing amendments. 29 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/74 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on appointment of Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos] as Minister of State in the War Cabinet to serve in Cairo [Egypt]. 29 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/75-80 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] on changes in appointments in Middle East, particularly appointment of Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos] as representative of the War Cabinet in the Middle East, and replacement of General Sir Archibald Wavell by General Sir Claude Auchinleck as Commander-in Chief, Middle East. He also comments on The German offensive in Russia, and the situation in the Middle East; with list of tank and air reinforcements sent to Cairo [Egypt]. With covering note from Leslie Rowan [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to J Garner (Dominions Office). 29 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/81 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] to WSC asking for the establishment of a British liaison mission with General Georges Catroux to define British involvement in Syria. 29 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/82 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] commenting on changes in ministerial appointments, and particularly the appointment of Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos] as Minister of State in the Middle East. 30 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/83-84 Telegrams between WSC and General Sir Archibald Wavell on practical details of transfer of command [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to General Sir Claude Auchinleck. 30 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/85 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] detailing duties of Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos] as Minister of State for the War Cabinet in the Middle East. 28 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/86 Telegram from United Kingdom High Commissioner in South Africa [4th Lord Harlech, earlier William Ormsby-Gore] to WSC commenting on the implications of Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union and the consequent postponement of the attack on Britain, And suggesting decisive action in the Middle East. [It is unclear whether this message is from Harlech, or whether Harlech is reciting a message from General Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa.]. 28 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/87 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] suggesting that Averell Harriman [Special Representative of the President of the United States] should be told of changes and should await arrival of Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] in Cairo [Egypt]. 30 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/88 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC asking for announcement of transfer of command to be made after he leaves Egypt. 30 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/40/89 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [incoming Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] asking him to make decisions on offensive in western desert and in Syria. 01 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/90 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] insisting announcement of transfer of command must now be made evening 1 July. 01 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/91 Telegram from WSC to King of Greece [George II] with message of support and goodwill. 01 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/92-93 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on the expansion of the American merchant shipbuilding programme and commenting on the destruction of enemy submarines and merchant vessels. 01 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/94-95 Telegram from WSC to Eric Seal [Deputy Secretary of the Admiralty, British Admiralty Delegation, United States] thanking him for his telegram of 24 June [see CHAR 20/40/50 ] and referring to the denial issued by the British Embassy. With covering note from John Peck [Prime Mnister's Private Secretary To V Lawford (Foreign Office). 02 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/96 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] asking him to consider General Henry Wilson for a command in the Western desert [see CHAR 20/40/105 ]. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/97-100 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] with a questionnaire regarding the fall of Crete [Greece]. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/101 Telegram from Averell Harriman [Special Representative of the President of the United States] to WSC reporting from Cairo [Egypt] with his observations on organisation in the Middle East. He comments on: lack of planning, salvage of tanks, underdeveloped port facilities, lack of training for personnel, and need for co-ordination of command across the three services. 02 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/102 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC asking for the reason that [General Sir Claude] Auchinleck is replacing [General Sir Archibald] Wavell as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East. He explains that President [Franklin] Roosevelt will ask what the reason is and that it will be easier to influence comment favourably if he has the information. Typescript. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/103-104 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC approving removal of General Sir Archibald Wavell from office as Commander-in-Chief, Middle East and commenting on defects of the administrative machine in Cairo [Egypt]. He comments on the Middle East, his plans to visit Cairo, the improvement in the Allied cause brought about by the German attack on the Soviet Union, and suggests that the flight of Rudolph Hess might indicate "something rotten inside the German core". 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/105 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC stating that while he has a high opinion of General Henry Wilson's abilities, he is not yet in a position to make any decision [about transferring Wilson to western desert command, see CHAR 20/40/96 ]. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/106 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Personal Assistant and Aide to the President of the United States] to WSC acknowledging receipt of message about tanks. 03 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/107 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC setting out his plans for military action in the Middle East, with priority being given to consolidating position in Syria and securing Cyprus against attack. 04 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/108 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] with reasons for transfer in commands between General Sir Archibald Wavell [now Commander-in-Chief, India] and Sir General Claude Auchinleck [now Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]. 05 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/109-112 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] responding in detail to his proposed plans for the Middle Eastern theatre: commenting on Syria, western desert, tank, troop and air reinforcements, intelligence information, position of Tobruk [Libya], and use of air power. 06 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/113 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] (Cairo, [Egypt]) to WSC disagreeing with General Sir Robert Haining's [Intendant-General, Middle East] duties as described in telegram from the Chief of the Imperial General Staff [General Sir Alan Brooke]. 06 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/114 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on importance of gaining Arab support by establishment of Syrian independence. 07 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/115 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin supporting Soviet resistance to German invasion, referring to British air and naval operations against Germany, commenting on the possibility of a British operation in the Arctic, and welcoming the arrival of the Russian Military Mission. "We have only got to go on fighting to beat the life out of these villains.". 07 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/116-119 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on plan for the defence of the Atlantic: He comments on implications of U-boat attacks for convoys and escorts , and regrets Senator Wheeler's indiscretion revealing the destination of United States expedition recently departed from Newfoundland for Iceland. [Telegram has been bound incorrectly, with first page at back]. 07 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/120 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] rebuking him for a recent statement to the press calling for American man-power to fight Germany, and criticising him for his "almost disparaging" reference to the Russian war effort. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/121 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] (Cairo, [Egypt]) requesting that he should not make informal statements to the press. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/122 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC on legal problem of allowing American army troops to be sent abroad, which means that only marines can go to Iceland. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/123 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on improvement of defences at Gibraltar, installation of a broadcasting transmitter, distribution of propaganda over North Africa by Special Operations Executive, and appointment of an American Liaison Officer. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/124 Telegram from King of Greece [George II] to WSC thanking him for his kind telegram and expressing pleasure at prospect of meeting WSC in Britain. 08 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/125 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC outlining his proposed organisational structure and duties of staff. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/126 Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] regarding the proposed Anglo-Russian declaration. He recites text of message for Marshal Stalin supporting declaration and informing Stalin that he is consulting Dominions. He recites proposed text of declaration for Cripps, and states that this is not to be communicated to Stalin yet. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/127-128 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC with first impressions of organisation in Middle Eastern theatre. He comments on need for troop carriers to transfer air personnel from the Delta to Palestine [later Israel]; the need for closer co-ordination between Middle East and India, and between all three services; the situation with regard to the Red Sea and Egyptian ports; the number of men on the rationed strength; the tactical training of armoured units; the neglect of propaganda and publicity; observations on Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean], General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], General Sir Robert Haining [Intendant-General, Middle East], Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan] and Randolph Churchill. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/129 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC thanking him for his telegram No.3785, which he has shown to President Roosevelt. 10 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/130 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] against suggestion that Randolph Churchill act as liaison between Lyttelton and WSC. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/131 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC replying to the suggestion that there should be a joint Anglo-American Tank Board, and stating that, in view of the very good work done by the joint British American Tank Board, he thinks it unwise to create a new board. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/132 Telegram from "R" [?Randolph Churchill] to WSC on departure from Cairo [Egypt] for England of Averell Harriman [Special Representative of the President of the United States], and asking that Lord Beaverbrook [earlier William Aitken, Minister of Supply], John Winant [United States Ambassador to Great Britain], and Miss Harriman be informed that he should arrive Saturday morning. 10 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/133 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC stating that he does not "wish any alteration in composition of convoy W.S.10". 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/134 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC with statement of duties of Intendant-General, Middle East [General Sir Robert Haining]: administration of transport; co-ordination of supplies, maintenance of vehicles, and to examine and advise on general administrative reorganisation. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/135 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC advising against appointing Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich] to a ministerial post in the Middle East; suggests instead Walter Monckton at a lower level as Minister of Propaganda to control publicity and censorship. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/136 Telegram from WSC to ?Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] requesting two wireless sets with batteries to be brought back to London. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/137 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on liaison with Vichy France over Syria. He recites text of message of 5 Jul from Vichy agent, and proposed text of British reply. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/138 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reporting rumour in American press that he is to be removed from his post as Ambassador to Washington following his visit to England, and asking WSC to issue a public contradiction if this is not true. 12 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/139 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on position of Free French towards Vichy surrender in Syria: "negotiations should not break down merely on the point of form as to who [General Fernand] Dentz [Vichy High Commissioner in Syria] will surrender to". 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/140-141 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] agreeing that Duff Cooper [later Lord Norwich] should not be appointed as a second Minister in the Middle East, proposing Hubert Young (Governor of Trinidad) as Minister of Propaganda in Middle East to control publicity and censorship, and stressing the need for propaganda to be confined exclusively to the Middle East. 12 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/142 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] to WSC expressing conviction that they will shortly find a solution to the organisation of Franco-British relations in the East and Syria. 11 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/40/143 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] assuring him that there is no truth in the News Chronicle paragraph, and that his role as Ambassador to Washington will continue. [Jul 1941]
CHAR 20/40/144 Old file cover, with some annotations. Jul 1941