Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams (copies).

Reference code: CHAR 20/47

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Date: Dec 1941

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CHAR 20/47/1 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, (Washington), advocating publicity for his trip to the United States. 13 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/2 Telegram from WSC to Major-General Edward Spears advising that he has been nominated for a KBE in the New Year's Honours, and that the Spears Mission to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] is being replaced. 12 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/3 Telegram from the Governor of Burma [Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith] to WSC advising that Thai troops are converging on Burmese borders. 14 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/4 Telegram from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC praising efficient collaboration from Dutch East Indies [later Indonesia] and asking WSC for personal tribute. 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/5 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC agreeing that the post of Intendant-General had become redundant and hoping that General Sir Robert Haining can be more effectively employed. 13 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/6 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert, Crusader [codename for major British operation in North Africa]. 13 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/7-8 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, India and Burma] to WSC requesting more bombers and bren guns, confirmation of responsibility for defence of Burma. 14 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/9 Telegram from the Governor of Hong Kong [Sir Mark Young] to WSC thanking him for his heartening message. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/10 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; enemy fuel dumps captured; Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Coningham, Commanding Air Forces in the Western Desert and Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding- in-Chief, Middle East] should be singled out for praise. 14 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/11-12 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India and Burma] to WSC on need for more aeroplanes in India and crew for Burma; International Air Force based in Burma should be placed under Wavell's control. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/13-14 Telegrams from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC thanking him for his message; rejecting the proposal by the Australian Minister for External Affairs [Herbert Evatt] that Vivian Bowden should be represent Australia in the Far Eastern War council. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/15-16 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/17 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] (Moscow, Soviet Union), for Stalin advising of his visit to Washington [United States] to confer with the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt. 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/18-19 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] on reinforcements for Bombay; General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India and Burma] to defend Burma, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall to replace Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham [as Commander-in- Chief, Far East]; WSC to visit the United States [Washington]. c 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/20 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC questioning position in French North Africa and the organisation of [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] in the Pacific. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/21-23 Telegrams from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC asking when he may announce his appointment (T 1016); advising of creation of Civil Defence Committee preparing for possible siege of Singapore (T 1017); with reply from WSC asking in what way he thinks the military campaign is not being well conducted (T 1018). 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/24 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; evidence that enemy has been surprised by attack. 15 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/25 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India and Burma] to WSC on difficulty of attacking Thailand [earlier Siam] through Burma and transporting reinforcements to Malaya [later Malaysia]. 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/26-28 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC blaming inadequate air support and preparations for success of enemy attacks on allied ships in Pacific. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/29 Telegram from the Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC agreeing no unnecessary changes, but will not be able to resist implementation of Act of 1935 and Federal Centre. 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/30 Telegram from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] (Moscow, Soviet Union) to WSC, having successfully established good relations with Stalin. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/31 Telegram from WSC to Dominion Ministers in Washington requesting them not to inform their Governments of his visit to the United States to see the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/32 Telegram from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC questioning the military judgement of Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival [General Officer Commanding, Malaya, later Malaysia]: loss of 11th Division defending Penang, and plans for defence of North Borneo. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/33 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert. 16 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/34-36 Telegram from the Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC regretting port statistics cannot be provided until Admiral Turner [? Vice-Admiral Frederick Turner, Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet] takes office; visit by [Reginald] Stewart Mactier [Deputy Director of Port and Transit Control, Ministry of War Transport] to review allocation of ports to increased volume of shipping. 13 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/37 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] hoping to see him during visit to Washington [United States]. 18 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/38 Telegram from Randolph Churchill to WSC asking for Christmas and New Year goodwill messages for troops in the Middle East. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/39 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], (Washington), accepting the offer by the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to stay at the White House. 19 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/40 Telegram from WSC to [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] suggesting low key announcement of Lieutenant- General Sir Henry Pownall replacing Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham as Commander-in-Chief, Far East. 18 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/41 Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC on transfer of command from the Caspian to the Mediterranean; need to co-ordinate supplies in Persian Gulf with United States military. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/42-46 Telegrams from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC on discussions with Stalin who proposed signing secret protocol on post-war frontiers; Eden agreed to pass on details to British and United States governments; German links with Japan; effect of winter on German forces in the Soviet Union. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/47-49 Telegrams from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; enemy in retreat and being pursued by Air Force. 17 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/50 Telegram from Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC suggesting that the United States will win over Vichy warships in Alexandria [Egypt] to their side. 18 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/51 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, India and Burma] to WSC on inadequate warning system in Burma and requesting urgent delivery of "C.O.L." sets. 19 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/52-54 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on Joint Conference with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to be held in Washington; suggests inviting representatives of Stalin and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. 20 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/55-57 Telegrams from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert (T 1041); Indian troops have captured Derna and Mechili, enemy retreating further (T 1042); with reply from WSC (T 1043). 19 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/58 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC on publicity surrounding WSC's visit to [Washington], United States. 20 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/59 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of South Africa [General Jan Smuts] on his visit to [Washington], United States. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/60-61 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC on report received from General Officer Commanding the Australian Imperial Force (Malaya) [later Malaysia], Lieutenant-General [Henry] Gordon Bennett, referring to inadequate air support for Australian troops and ill-prepared response to attack in the Far East. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/62 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] (Moscow, Soviet Union) rejecting discussion with Stalin about post-war frontiers. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/63 Telegram from WSC to the Commander-in-Chief and Governor of Hong Kong [Sir Mark Young] "We expect you to resist to the end. The honour of the empire is in your hands". 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/64 Telegram from WSC to Stalin wishing him Happy Birthday. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/65 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill with a goodwill message to the Allies troops at Christmas. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/66 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle for Libyan desert; Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander of 8th Army] continuing advance into Cyrenaica [Libya]. 20 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/67 Telegram from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [Resident Cabinet Minister at Singapore for Far Eastern affairs, later 1st Lord Norwich] to WSC complaining that his personal opinion of Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival [General Officer Commanding, Malaya, later Malaysia] was repeated to Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham who is offended. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/68 Telegram from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] (Moscow [Soviet Union]) to WSC summarising meetings with Stalin. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/69 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] for the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] on travel arrangements for his trip to Washington [United States]. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/70 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; praises Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Coningham [Commanding Air Forces in the Western Desert]. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/71 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC hoping he can visit Canada whilst in the United States. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/72-74 Telegrams from Government of Australia to WSC requesting drafts of proposed treaties discussed with Stalin during Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon]'s visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]; fears separate Soviet peace settlement if Allies do not agree to post-war frontier proposals. 23 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/75 Telegram from Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC on the refusal of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Blamey [General Officer Commanding, 1st Australian Corps] to obey Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East]; proposes Laverack as replacement. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/76 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert. 22 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/77 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] accepting invitation to Ottawa. 23 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/78 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC promising Australian personnel to operate light tanks in Malaya [later Malaysia]; requires transport and adequate air support for additional force. [23 Dec 1941]
CHAR 20/47/79-82 Telegrams from WSC with Christmas greetings to the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] (T 1059), HMS Churchill (T 1060), the 4th Hussars (T 1061), and the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] (T 1062). 24 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/83-84 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; bad weather has blocked communications; enemy reported to be destroying own aircraft at Sidi-Magrun. 23 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/85-86 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC on Japanese threat to the Pacific which must be countered by United States Navy. 24 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/87 Telegram from the Private Secretary to Randolph Churchill to WSC on New Year's message to Middle East forces. 23 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/88 Telegrams from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; prisoner of war figures (T 1067); Royal Dragoons occupied Benghazi (T 1068); Indian forces have occupied Barce [later Al Marj] (T 1069); Churchill tanks rusted in transit, need refitting (T 1070). 25 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/92 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] promising information on talks with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] about resisting the Japanese in the Pacific. [Dec 1941]
CHAR 20/47/93-96 Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] asking him to spare United States tanks and aeroplanes from Acrobat [codename for the operation against Tripoli, Libya], to defend Malaya [later Malaysia] and Singapore; United States will send troops to Northern Ireland, bomb Germany from Britain, and support Gymnast [codename for the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa]. 27 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/97-99 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] on defence of Malaya [later Malaysia], Singapore and Philippines; "it would be quite impossible ... to make a bargain with Stalin involving forcible transferring of large populations ... into communist spheres". [See CHAR 20/47/120-121 for Curtin's reply]. 27 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/100-101 Telegrams from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; Germans near Agedabia [Ajdabiyah], Italians near Ghemines. 26 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/102-103 Telegram from WSC to the Governor-General of Canada [1st Lord Athlone, earlier Alexander Cambridge] with details of visit to Ottawa. 27 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/104 Telegram from Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC on the reluctance of Major- General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] for a unified command of Iraq and Persia [Iran]. 27 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/105 Telegram from Stalin to WSC congratulating him on recent victories in Libya. 27 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/106 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert. 28 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/107 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill with New Year's message for troops, with details of successes in the preceding year. 28 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/108 Telegram from WSC to Mr Hughes [? William Hughes, Australian Minister for the Navy] chastising him for his change in stance over removal of Air Chief Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham as Commander-in-Chief, Far East. 29 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/109-113 Telegrams from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia], the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] and General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking for approval of adjoined agreement with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] on joint war aims, structure of command and areas of influence. (T 1078, T 1079, T 1080, T 1081). 29 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/114-115 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on battle in Libyan desert; enemy defence of Agedabia [Ajdabiyah]; lists equipment and troops which could be spared for defence of Far East. 29 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/116-117 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell appointing him Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, South West Pacific; with agreement with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] on the war aims of Britain and the United States, structure of command and areas of influence. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/118-119 Telegram from Government of New Zealand to WSC expressing confidence in General Sir Archibald Wavell [Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, South West Pacific]; feels proposals need greater emphasis on naval power to succeed against Japanese; asked for clarification on protection of New Zealand. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/120-121 Telegrams from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia to WSC assenting generally to the agreement between Britain and the United States; WSC's misinterpretation of message about the Soviet Union. [See CHAR 20/47/97-99 ]. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/122 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] advising that broken agreement over the islands of Miquelon and Saint Pierre [off Newfoundland, Canada] risked alienating the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/123 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC with message from Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander of 8th Army] on battle in Libyan desert; recent tank encounters; enemy will stand at Agedabia [Ajdabiyah]. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/124-125 Telegrams from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India and Burma, and Supreme Commander, South West Pacific] to WSC requesting he postpone announcement of changes in office until he has consulted the Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun]; requests Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall as Chief of Staff, Brett [? General Brett, United States Army] as deputy; Burma should remain with India command. 30 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/126-131 Telegram from William Bullitt [Special representative of Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, in the Near East] and the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC and Roosevelt debating invasion of Tunisia following discussions with General Georges Catroux [Commander-in-Chief, Free French in the Levant]. 31 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/132 Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC noting tank casualties and a request by Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander of 8th Army] for reinforcements. 21 Dec 1941
CHAR 20/47/133 Old file cover. Dec 1941