Official: Prime Minister: Prime Minister's Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/72

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Date: 01 Mar 1942 - 30 Mar 1942

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CHAR 20/72/1 Old file cover; annotated with notes regarding filing (1949). Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/2 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding proposals by the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] for dividing the commands [into United States Pacific and British Indian spheres] and stating that this will not absolve Britain from a duty to aid Australia in the event of an invasion. Annotation indicates that the telegram was also sent to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand]. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/3 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC regarding the arrival of General Douglas MacArthur in Australia, his appointment as Supreme Commander in the [South West Pacific] area and the resulting press release. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/4 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC reciting text of a message to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] nominating General Douglas MacArthur as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces "in this theatre" [South West Pacific], and asking to be informed of the timing and text of any announcement. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/5 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt expressing delight at arrival of General Douglas MacArthur in Australia and his appointment as Supreme Commander [South West Pacific]; states that he is cabling the President about the Burma command. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/6 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] concurring with [the appointment of General Douglas MacArthur as Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, South West Pacific] and giving details of press release. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/7-8 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] commenting on the scale of naval support from the United States required by the British Home Fleet to help in operations against the Tirpitz [German battleship] and to release ships for the defence of Gibraltar. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/9-11 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] opposing the creation of a separate military command in Burma under Lieutenant-General Joseph Stilwell [Commander of United States forces in China, Burma and India]: encloses text of a telegram from General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma] regarding problems arising from Stilwell's arrival; suggests that Stilwell be under the general directions of Alexander in respect of troops moving in British territory. 17 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/12 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] commenting on a message from Admiral Ernest King [Chief of Naval Operations and Commander-in- Chief, United States Navy] promising to keep the Japanese occupied in the Pacific while Britain is building up strength in the Indian Ocean; also refusing Roosevelt's "generous offer" of two new battleships [to reinforce the British Home Fleet]. 18 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/13 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt to WSC describing damage inflicted by United States forces on the Japanese naval task force off New Guinea: "It was by all means the best days work we have had.". 18 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/14 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] expressing delight at "this splendid news" [of damage inflicted by United States on a Japanese naval task force, see CHAR 20/72/13] and asking if some channel could be arranged to provide more information. 18 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/15 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC outlining details of the United States naval force assigned to report for temporary duty with the British Home Fleet; states that a similar detachment will be kept on "this side" to "head off enemy when he comes into open Atlantic.". 18 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/16 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] offering compliments on his speech. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/17 Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] in Cairo [Egypt] stating that they can speak together by telephone from Cairo and giving codes for General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], Lieutenant- General Archibald Nye [Vice Chief of the Imperial Staff], Sir Walter Monckton [Director-General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo], Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn], Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [Commander of 8th Army], and Lieutenant-General William Gott [Commander 13th Corps, 8th Army]. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/18 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC accepting proposals by WSC and the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, for the establishment of unified control for the conduct of the war in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic, and welcoming the appointment of General Douglas MacArthur as [Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces, South West Pacific area]; hopes that the close collaboration between Australia and New Zealand will not be weakened. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/19 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] thanking him for sending a force including a new battleship to join the British Home Fleet; states that this will enable Britain to send a force including HMS Renown to Gibraltar; asks for sufficient warning before the United States will require the new battleships in the Pacific. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/20-21 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] regarding the aircraft position in Australia: comments on his representations to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding the need for a United States - Australian Air Staff and Planning Staff, and the willingness of Australia to place its Air Force under the immediate control of Lieutenant-General George Brett [Commander of Allied Air Forces, Dutch East Indies, later Indonesia]; states that President Roosevelt immediately approved. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/22 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt] asking that he impress upon the President WSC's continued close friendship with 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken]. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/23-25 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC transmitting observations of the Australian Chiefs of Staff on the appreciation of the situation in the Far East prepared by the British Chiefs of Staff: comments on the need for more offensive policy; suggests action against Rabaul [New Britain] and the strengthening of forces at Port Darwin [Australia]; comments on the need for a more offensive naval policy involving the formation of joint British and United States naval units of sufficient strength to challenge the Japanese; advocates raids on Japan. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/26 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding a public statement made by Curtin relating to the appointment of Richard Casey [as Minister of State, Middle East]. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/27 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander- in-Chief, India, to WSC regarding the latest situation in Burma and north-east India: believes that Upper Burma cannot be held for long against determined Japanese attack and lists reasons; suggests it may become necessary to withdraw into China as it is important to keep in touch with Chinese at all costs; states that he is putting everything possible into the defence of north-east India and comments on the vital necessity of strengthening air force. 19 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/28-30 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt to WSC regarding command in Burma and the relationship between General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma] and Lieutenant-General Joseph Stilwell [Commander of United States forces, China, Burma and India]; believes that Alexander and Stilwell can work together, and emphasises the suitability of Stilwell for the command of Chinese forces in Burma. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/31 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC requesting that consideration be given to heavy attacks on submarine bases and submarine building and repair yards. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/32-34 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC and to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs [Clement Attlee] regarding higher machinery for the direction of the war in the Far East: comments on the proposal to divide the world theatre into three areas; comments on the role of the Pacific Council in London and suggests that the Pacific Council in Washington [United States] should be more than an "advisory" body; comments on machinery for strategical and operational control; states that the joint committees on shipping, raw materials, and munitions will continue to function on their present basis. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/35 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC clarifying his position with regard to appointment of Richard Casey [as Minister of State in the Middle East]. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/36-37 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: accepts Roosevelt's proposals [on British and American commands in Burma, see CHAR 20/72/28-30] and has sent instructions to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] and General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma]; comments on plans for bombing U-boat construction yards, which has been held back by the weather; refers to the possibility of attack by long range aircraft upon U-boats coming from Bordeaux [France] to the Caribbean. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/38 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Archibald Nye [Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff]: "All your twenty points [? on the situation in the Middle East] are excellent and I have nothing to add.". 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/39 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC: states that WSC will be advised as soon as possible about the [Australian] 9th Division; thanks WSC for assurances of support in the event of invasion; comments on the aircraft position in Australia. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/40 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin]: acknowledges receipt of Curtin's telegram regarding proposed arrangements for air co-operation between Australia and the United States [see CHAR 20/72/20-21]; comments on his telegram calling for a more offensive naval policy [see CHAR 20/72/23-25] and explains the objections to moving aircraft carriers from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/41 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] informing him of the New Zealand Government's support for Roosevelt's proposals for unified control in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Atlantic, and for the appointment of General Douglas MacArthur as [Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces, South West Pacific]. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/42-43 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding the appointment of Richard Casey [as Minister of State, Middle East]: comments on telegrams relating to the appointment, and details of the announcement. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/44-45 Telegram from WSC to Premier Joseph Stalin: states that 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] is off to Washington [United States] to "help smooth out the Treaty question" [on confirming the borders of the Soviet Union]; comments on lunch with Ivan Maisky [Soviet Ambassador to Britain] and the implications of the use of poison gas by Germany against the Soviet Union; recommends the new British Ambassador to the Soviet Union [Sir Archibald Kerr, later 1st Lord Inverchapel]. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/46-48 Telegram from WSC to Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] reciting texts of telegrams exchanged between WSC and John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding Casey's appointment, and asking to see telegrams exchanged between Casey and Curtin. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/49 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton [Director-General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] stating that reaction to Richard Casey's appointment [as Minister of State in the Middle East] "has been favourable without exception.". 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/50 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (Cairo, Egypt]) to WSC suggesting he announce officially that Sir Walter Monckton is to act as Minister of State in the Middle East until the arrival of Richard Casey. 20 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/51 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC regarding the question of personnel in Egypt, Syria and Palestine: states that the base establishment has been built up on a definite basis and cannot be much reduced so long as the geographical premises remain the same. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/52 Telegram from WSC [to John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia] informing him that he has published the complete and actual texts of their correspondence. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/53-54 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] regarding the visit of Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] to the United States: hopes that Halifax will ensure that the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] does not overlook British views; states that Britain has no objection to any facilities the United States may offer Australia on the Pacific War Council, but it is for the Australians to overcome any difficulties. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/55-57 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC reciting his conclusions on the situation in the Middle East: states that "at present time neither our strength in tanks nor in air is such as to give any chance worth considering of a successful offensive"; gives details of tank and air strength; comments on the need for heavy bombers; comments on the view of General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] that there can be no offensive before mid-May; states that the remainder of the Spitfires in Gibraltar should be sent to Malta; comments on the implications of a campaign in Syria, the Caucasus, Turkey or Cyprus; makes recommendations for action. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/58-59 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] responding to reports of an interview by Curtin with the British United Press, in which Curtin commented on the campaign in Greece and the reinforcements "pouring into the British Isles". 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/60 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: comments on his loan of American shipping and release of the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth and the Aquitania for British use; suggests that a further 9000 American troops be sent to Iceland; expresses pleasure at the level of shipping of American personnel; expresses anxiety at the level of air provision for the Levant-Caspian front and asks for American light bombers and fighters to be diverted to the Middle East. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/61 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC reporting on his visit to Cairo [Egypt]: expresses satisfaction with the atmosphere after talks; expresses confidence in the offensive determination of General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], and suggests that WSC send Auchinleck a friendly telegram. 21 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/62-63 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, and General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, comprising a digest of telegrams exchanged between WSC and the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] between 5 March and 17 March (see CHAR 20/71A/44-46; CHAR 20/71B/101-104; CHAR 20/71B/121-122; CHAR 20/71B/183-193). Annotated with note that the reference to "GYMNAST" [codename for plans for British occupation of North West Africa] was omitted from copies of telegram sent to Dominion Prime Ministers. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/64 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC stating that he has had no interview with the British United Press [on the campaign in Greece]. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/65 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] acknowledging Curtin's statement that he had not given an interview [on the campaign in Greece], and suggesting that either Curtin or he should take the matter up with the British United Press. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/66 Telegram from WSC to the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps]: states that he is not convinced by his telegrams from Cairo [Egypt], and that there is no question of his approving passivity in the army at the present stage; expresses grief at the news of the death of Cripps's mother-in-law [? Amy Swithinbank]. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/67 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Archibald Nye [Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff] (Cairo [Egypt]) stating his dissatisfaction with the talks in Cairo: asks Nye to go into the questions of tank serviceability, armament, and the use of manpower in the Middle East, and to form an opinion about the possibility of an enemy offensive from the west or across the sea from Greece. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/68 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] to WSC stating the view that the new Naval Commander- in-Chief in the Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Henry Harwood] should be stationed at Cairo [Egypt] and not Alexandria [Egypt] and should not be a sea-going Admiral. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/69-71 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC explaining his proposal to resume limited economic assistance to North Africa and to send further Red Cross aid to children in France; comments on recent bombing operations against France and suggests that these should be supplemented by use of psychological and economic weapons; comments on the importance of North Africa and Vichy France as a source for "vital military and strategic information". 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/72-73 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC expressing his disturbance at the publicity arising from "the Casey business" [the appointment of Richard Casey as Minister of State in the Middle East], and the strained relationship between Australia and Britain. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/74 Telegram from [Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton], Commander- in-Chief, Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] to WSC explaining that his intention had been to give a definite ruling regarding evacuation and regretting that he had omitted to take precautions with censorship. [See CHAR 20/71B/141 for WSC's telegram]. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/75 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC stating that he will take the matter [of an alleged interview by Curtin on Greece] up with the British United Press and that he will make proposals regarding the broadcasting of security matters: comments on a broadcast made by the BBC considering future strategy. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/76 Telegram from Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) to WSC enclosing text of a telegram he had received from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] on 17 March setting out the views of the Australian Government on his proposed appointment [as Minister of State in the Middle East]. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/77 Telegram from Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) to WSC enclosing the text of a telegram he had sent to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] on 18 March stating his intention to accept the appointment [as Minister of State in the Middle East]. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/78 Telegram from Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) to WSC enclosing the text of a telegram he had sent to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] on 20 March regarding the imminent announcement of his appointment [as Minister of State in the Middle East] by WSC in the British Parliament. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/79 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of Joint British Staff Mission, Washington, United States] thanking him for his "deeply interesting" letter of 7 March. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/80 Telegram from Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) to WSC informing WSC that he is telegraphing him copies of the telegrams that have passed between John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] and himself, and expressing the hope that none of the telegrams will be published. 22 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/81-82 Telegram from Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) to WSC enclosing the text of a telegram he had sent to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] on 15 March regarding the reactions of the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt], Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to Roosevelt] and other senior American figures to his proposed appointment as Minister of State in the Middle East. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/83 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] commenting on his correspondence with John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] [regarding the appointment of Richard Casey as Minister of State in the Middle East]; comments on Australian party politics and personalities hostile to Britain. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/84 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] agreeing that there must be a far stiffer control of news and broadcasts: "The war is not fought to amuse the newspapers but to save the peoples.". 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/85 Telegram from WSC to Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] (Washington) reciting the text of a telegram sent by WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] [see CHAR 20/72/86] in which WSC advises Curtin not to publish the telegram sent by Casey to Curtin on 15 March, because it reveals confidential advice given to Casey by the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/86 Telegram from WSC [to John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia] advising Curtin not to publish the telegram sent by Richard Casey [Australian Minister to the United States] to Curtin on 15 March, because it reveals confidential advice given to Casey by the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/87 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] stating that he has now received the comments of the Australian Government on the President's proposals of 10 March [for unified control in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Atlantic], and that the text is contained in the immediately following telegram [text not present, see CHAR 20/72/32-34]. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/88 Note indicating that telegram T 423/2 [see CHAR 20/72/32-34] from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC has been sent by WSC to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/89-91 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] informing him of the decision to storm and occupy Diego Suarez [Madagascar]: comments on the background to the operation [codenamed "Ironclad"] and asks for help should it become necessary to intercept French reinforcements from Dakar [Senegal] at the Cape. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/92 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] informing him that the code word [for the operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar] is "IRONCLAD". 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/93 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] to WSC explaining that Lieutenant-General Archibald Nye [Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff] is absent in the desert with the Commander-in-Chief [General Sir Claude Auchinleck], and that he will hold the telegram sent by WSC [CHAR 20/72/67] until Nye's return. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/94-95 Telegram from the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC accepting proposals for the direction of war in the Pacific, but commenting on some areas which may require further clarification. Received 23 March 1942 British Time. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/96 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] suggesting Curtin's name be submitted to King George VI for appointment to the Privy Council. 23 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/97 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC reporting on his meeting with Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General]: comments on the subjects discussed, including the need to reinforce Australia, the "ruffled relations" between Australia and Britain, and Australian representation in Washington and London. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/98 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC regarding operation ["Ironclad"] against Madagascar: pledges all necessary support for the interception of the French convoy [of reinforcements] and states that he will take no action to formally break off relations with Vichy France before the attack unless the Foreign Office advises otherwise. 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/99 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Archibald Nye [Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff]: "All your admirable replies are being studied here. We will let you know our conclusions shortly.". 24 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/100 Telegram from WSC to the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] expressing his admiration for Rear-Admiral Philip Vian and all who sailed with him for the "resolute and brilliant action by which the Malta convoy was saved" [the battle of Sirte]. Annotated by WSC: "I.L. I shall be obliged if you will make this signal at once.". 25 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/101 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (India) to WSC informing him of his intention to publish the declaration [on India] and to give a short explanatory broadcast on Sunday next [29 March], and suggesting simultaneous publication in Britain. 25 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/102-103 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (New Delhi [India]) to WSC reporting on a meeting with Lieutenant-General Ernest Wood [Administrator General, Eastern Frontier Communications] regarding road and rail building: comments on the progress of the Dimapur [India] - Tamu - Kalewa [Burma] road, the Ledo [India] - Shawbuyiwang - China road, the road to Fort Herts [Burma], and the Ledo [India] - Mogaung [Burma] railway. 25 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/104-105 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (India) to WSC regarding the defence of North Eastern India: states that the next few weeks will be critical for morale; warns that the result may be disastrous if Calcutta is bombed without any effective defence; comments on the desperate need for up-to-date fighters and suggests alternative means of obtaining these from Britain or the Middle East or Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/106 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt to WSC regarding the anxiety of John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] at leaving the Australian Third Division in the Middle East: states that he has advised the Australian Minister [? Richard Casey, Australian Minister to the United States] that an additional division will be sent from the United States to Australia as soon as possible, and that he has expressed the opinion that the final Australian division should remain in the Middle East. Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/107-108 Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (India) regarding fighters for the defence of India: comments on the numbers of Hurricanes in India; states that nothing sent from Britain could affect the situation for at least two months; comments on suggestions for diverting fighters from Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] or the Middle East; refers to remarks by General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, India] regarding the inability of the Eastern Fleet to respond to a sea-borne landing at Akyab [Burma]. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/109-110 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, to WSC regarding the need for air reinforcements in India: states that the Japanese are likely to seize Burma air bases and will then be able to attack Calcutta and industrial Bengal and stresses the need for a bombing force capable of attacking a sea-borne expedition against India; comments on existing reinforcement flow and suggests that consideration be given to the diversion of fighters from Britain, Ceylon [later Sri Lanka], and the Middle East, and to the use of aircraft from the United States. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/111 Telegram from Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] to WSC regarding the opposition of the New Zealand Government to plans by the United States to create separate command areas for Australia and New Zealand. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/112 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt] stating that the President, "Max" [1st Lord Beaverbrook, earlier Max Aitken] and he had a "long and fruitful discussion last night" and that Max is looking fine and is leaving for Miami tonight. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/113 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] conveying the gratitude of Rear-Admiral Philip Vian and all his officers and men for WSC's kind message [on the battle of Sirte and rescue of the Malta convoy]. [26 Mar 1942]
CHAR 20/72/114 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC reporting on his meeting with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] and Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to Roosevelt] late last night regarding Australian representation in the Pacific area and the Australian division in the Middle East. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/115 Telegram from the Governor-General of Australia [1st Lord Gowrie, earlier Alexander Hore-Ruthven] conveying a message from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC stating that he is greatly honoured by the proposal to submit his name for appointment to the Privy Council. 26 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/116-117 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding the project to send supplies from the United States to French North Africa: comments on the value of contacts between the United States and Vichy France but asks that nothing should interfere with operation "IRONCLAD" [operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar]; comments on the operation and proposes dropping leaflets suggesting the attack was Anglo-American. 27 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/118 Telegram from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] (United States) to WSC: comments on hostile criticism of Britain, the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] and the war effort in the United States. 27 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/119 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, regarding aircraft provision for India: refers to a telegram he has sent to the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps, on fighter cover for India, see CHAR 20/72/107-108]; states that the Chief of the Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] has telegraphed Air Vice-Marshal Douglas Evill [Head of RAF Delegation to Washington, United States] for American reactions; comments on present fighter aircraft strength in India; opposes taking further aircraft from the Middle East. 27 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/120 Telegram from Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] (India) regarding the mass of information circulating in India about the fall of Singapore and suggesting that the Viceroy [and Governor-General of India, 2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] carry out a private enquiry. 28 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/121 Telegram from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] (United States) to WSC stating that he has discussed Soviet policies with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] and will telegraph WSC after further conversations. 27 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/122 Telegram from the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) to WSC regarding the critical issue of responsibility for the defence of India: comments that whilst Britain cannot give up any of the responsibility for defence there is a need to raise the keenness of Indians to defend their country, and encloses the text of a paragraph for approval before publication. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/123 Telegram from WSC to the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) authorising proposed amendment to the clause [on responsibility for the defence of India, see CHAR 20/72/122] and suggesting minor changes to the wording; states that he is glad that Cripps has made it clear that his mission does not extend to Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]. Annotated that [? Gerard Clauson], India Office, is circulating to those it may concern, including the [? Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken]. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/124 Telegram from the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) to WSC confirming that he is inserting the amended paragraph in the final text [on responsibility for the defence of India, see CHAR 20/72/122-3] with the omission of two words requested by WSC. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/125 Telegram from the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) to WSC reciting the full text of the amended paragraph regarding responsibility for the defence of India [see CHAR 20/72/122-4]. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/126-129 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding bombing: states that bombing attacks are being made on U-boat nests and reports a successful raid on Lubeck [Germany]; comments on the policy of menacing U-boats in the Bay of Biscay and his keenness to add six bomber squadrons to this new Biscay patrol; comments on the need to bomb Germany and on a structural defect to the wing tip of Lancasters which requires the laying up of four squadrons; appeals that the first instalment of United States bomber groups be sent early to Britain as this would "lift our air offensive to the proper scale and enable me to spare the six squadrons now for the Biscay patrols.". 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/130 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, asking for clarification of the orders given by Wavell to Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival [General Officer Commanding, Malaya, later Malaysia] before the fall of Singapore. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/131 Telegram from WSC to General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Prime Minister, Polish Government-in-exile and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army] (United States) informing him of plans for the evacuation of Polish soldiers from Uzbekistan [Soviet Union] and proposing their deployment in Southern Palestine. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/132 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander- in-Chief, India, to WSC informing him of the report of the success of a meeting between General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma] and Generalissimo [Chiang-Kai-shek, Chinese Nationalist leader]; states that he is flying to Maymyo [Burma] tomorrow. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/133 Telegram from General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Prime Minister, Polish Government-in-exile and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army] (United States) to WSC: asks that the Polish women and children being evacuated from the Soviet Union be granted military food rations; states that his conversations with the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt and other American statesmen have confirmed his conviction that Allied solidarity will be fully maintained. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/134 Telegram from WSC to Major Randolph Churchill (Middle East) asking him to convey to the Colonel of the 4th Hussars the value he places on being Colonel of the Regiment. 29 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/135-136 Telegram from the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] (India) regarding the serious position in India with regard to ARP and fire fighting provision: comments on the existing position; details requirements for fire fighting personnel, trailer pumps and hose, and instructors for ARP schools. Annotated: "Phoned Mr Harrison, India Off" [Francis Harrison, Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for India]. 30 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/72/137 Telegram from WSC to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] (United States): "Many thanks for all you said in your admirable broadcast. Am looking forward to receiving a further report from you on your talks.". 30 Mar 1942