Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/79A-B

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Date: 11 Aug 1942 - 08 Sep 1942

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CHAR 20/79A/1 File cover. [Aug] 1942 - [Sep] 1942
CHAR 20/79A/11 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC asking when himself and his party should arrive in Baghdad [Iraq]. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/12-16 Telegram from WSC (Moscow, Soviet Union) to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] for War Cabinet and "others concerned" (with annotation indicating that it was repeated to President Roosevelt) reporting on his arrival in the Soviet Union and initial meeting with Premier Stalin: Comments on the discussions which covered the decision not to proceed with "Sledgehammer" [Codename for plan to attack coast of France in 1942], plans for "Round-Up" [Codename for the liberation of Europe, later "Overlord"], the bombing of Germany, plans for "Torch" [Codename for operations in French North West Africa], and the placing of Anglo-American air forces on the Russian southern flank; comments on the news from the Russian front; comments on the role played by Averell Harriman; outlines arrangements for further talks; comments on his accommodation and the weather. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/17 Telegram from WSC (Moscow, Soviet Union) to Private Office reciting text of telegram for Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] regarding plans by Harold Laski [Member of the Executive Committee of the Labour Party] to visit the United States: Refers to Eleanor Roosevelt's [First Lady of the United States] invitation to Laski to attend a youth congress, and asks that it not be pressed. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/18-19 Telegram of 13 Aug forwarded to WSC on 14 Aug marked personal and most secret from President Roosevelt to WSC reciting the text of Roosevelt's Atlantic Charter anniversary message. 13 Aug 1942 - 14 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/2-3 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on General Claude Auchinleck's reaction to WSC's letter offering him the new command of Iraq - Persia [Iran], stating that Auchinleck believes he should remain on the spot until General Harold Alexander and General Bernard Montgomery are firmly settled in their respective commands, and suggesting that he (Casey) fly to Baghdad [Iraq] for discussions with WSC while Auchinleck remains in Egypt. 11 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/20-21 Telegram from WSC (Moscow, [Soviet Union]) to Private Office accepting the proposed arrangement for General Claude Auchinleck to hand over command in the Middle East on 15 or 16 Aug, and reciting text of message for Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey]: In which he comments on plans to hold conference in Cairo [Egypt] to discuss the Iraq - Persia [Iran] Command; comments on publicity about the changes in command; states that there can be no bargaining with Auchinleck before he accepts the Command; refers to Casey's proposed telegram to Sir Walter Monckton and states that he will find him a deputy from the present Under-Secretariat. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/22-23 Telegram from WSC to Private Office marked "secret and personal" reciting text of telegram to President Roosevelt complaining about attempt by Chiang-Kai-Shek [President of China] "to make difficulties between us" over India, and defending the decision taken by the Indian Executive to intern Mahatma Gandhi. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/24-30 Telegram from WSC to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee], War Cabinet and "others concerned" (with annotations indicating that the telegram was also sent to President Roosevelt) marked "personal and secret" reporting on discussions of yesterday [13 Aug] with Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Foreign Minister] and Stalin and including translation of Soviet aide-memoire summarizing the discussions of 12 Aug on the creation of a second front in Europe along with the text of WSC's reply to the aide-memoire. 14 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/31 Telegram from WSC to Private Office reciting text of telegram to President Roosevelt thanking him for the form in which he has couched the Atlantic Charter anniversary message and suggesting that it would be helpful if he could send a consoling or heartening message to Stalin. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/32 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC confirming that General Bernard Montgomery took command of the Eighth Army on 13 Aug and that General Harold Alexander has taken over from General Claude Auchinleck [as Commander in Chief Middle East] today. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/33 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC and repeated to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] confirming that General Bernard Montgomery took command of the Eighth Army on 13 Aug and that General Harold Alexander has taken over from General Claude Auchinleck [as Commander in Chief Middle East] today. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/34 Telegram from WSC (Teheran [Persia, later Iran]) to Private Office reciting text of telegram to Premier Stalin thanking Stalin for his comradeship and hospitality during WSC's visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]. 16 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/35 Copy of telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC expressing his happiness at Stalin's "understanding of our difficulties" and stating that he wishes he could be with WSC and Stalin and asking WSC to give Stalin his warmest regards Annotated: "With note that it was recd in Moscow from Mr Harriman" [Averell Harriman]. [15] Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/36-38 Telegram from WSC to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] reporting on his dinner with Stalin on 14 Aug and his private meeting with the Soviet leader on 15 Aug and reciting text of Anglo-Soviet communique about the negotiations With annotation indicating that this telegram was also sent to President Roosevelt. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/39 Telegram from King George VI to WSC congratulating him on his talks with Stalin. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/4-5 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC arguing that the partition of the Middle East theatre means that it will become "even more necessary" for him to have a Deputy and reciting text of telegram sent to Sir Walter Monckton in the United States asking him to become the Deputy to the Minister of State in the Middle East and suggesting that the proposal would be more attractive to Monckton if he were to become a junior member of the Government. 11 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/40 Telegram from WSC to 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] marked "most secret and personal" stating that he will be in Cairo [Egypt] until the end of the week and that it would give him great pleasure if Gort could come and see him. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/41 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" reporting on his final meeting with Stalin on the evening of 15 Aug, describing his plane journey to Teheran [Persia, later Iran] and commenting on the value of his visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/42 Telegram from WSC to King George VI marked "most secret and personal "thanking him for his message and stating that he hopes to deal with a number of important and urgent problems here [Egypt] during the present week. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/43-44 Telegram from WSC to Private Office marked "most secret and personal" reciting text of message to Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow]: Congratulates him on his resolute and skilful handling of the disorders fomented by the Congress Party; informs him that General Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] will be returning to India with a full account of WSC's visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]; believes that it will be possible to avoid moving the Second Indian Division out of India. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/45 Telegram forwarded to WSC marked private and personal from 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander in Chief of Malta] to WSC informing him that he will leave Malta tomorrow night and will remain in Cairo [Egypt] until Saturday 22 Aug accompanied by Lord Munster [General Staff Officer Malta]. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/46-47 Telegram from WSC to Private Office marked "most secret and personal" reciting text of message for Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] informing him that General Claude Auchinleck is proceeding to India on leave and asking that Auchinleck be shown every consideration and that there be no public reference to his movements. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/48 Telegram forwarded to WSC on 20 Aug reciting text of message of 19 Aug from Viceroy of India [Lord Linlithgow] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" referring to the awkward situation in India and expressing the hope that "we may clear up position before either Jap or German is well placed to put direct pressure upon us.". 19 Aug 1942 - 20 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/49 Telegram forwarded to WSC on 20 Aug from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] to WSC: "Your 1013 of August 19. I will gladly arrange.". 20 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/50-51 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" congratulating him on the success of his visit to Moscow [Soviet Union], commenting on his account of the talks with Stalin, and imploring him to relax. 19 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/52-53 Telegram from WSC to Private Office marked "most secret and personal" reciting text of telegram to President Roosevelt regarding the Trans-Persian Railway: Comments on the increase in traffic on the railway and its implications; welcomes the United States proposal to take over, develop and operate the railway and the ports of Khorramshahr and Bandarshahpur [Persia, later Iran]. 22 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/54 Telegram from WSC to Private Office marked "most secret and personal" reciting text of telegram to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] thanking him for his telegram of 19 Aug. 22 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/55 Telegram from WSC to Chiang-Kai-Shek [President of China] replying to remarks made about India by Chiang-Kai-Shek in conversation with Sir Horace Seymour [British Ambassador to China]: Argues that the Congress Party does not represent India , has nothing in common with the "fighting races of India", and comments on attitude of Mahatma Gandhi towards the Japanese; suggests that Allies should not interfere in each-other's internal affairs; opposes all suggestion of mediation in India by President Roosevelt; comments on talks with Stalin and refers to plans for offensive action in Burma, Siam [later Thailand] and Malaya [later Malaysia]. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/56 Telegram from General Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] to WSC congratulating him on the success of his visit [to Middle East and Soviet Union] and commenting on internal situation within India: States that he will give "Jumbo" Wilson [General Henry Wilson, Commander in Chief Persia and Iraq] all possible help in organising his new Command. 25 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/57 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret" commenting on the naval war in the Pacific Ocean and asking about the present prospects and plans for the concentration of a superior naval force in the Pacific able to take the strategic offensive. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/58 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC regarding operations in Madagascar in September and stating that he was not impressed by Lieutenant-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces in Madagascar] and urging that Lieutenant-General William Platt [General Officer Commanding in Chief, East African Command] be put in effective command of these operations. 25 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/59-61 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the reduced allocation of aircraft for Australia: Refers to previous agreements relating to aircraft allocation; comments on proposed allocation by Combined Chiefs of Staff ; comments on proposal by United States Chiefs of staff to equip and maintain Australian squadrons while withdrawing American units; comments on the inclusion of the three British Spitfire squadrons in the allocation; comments on position of Australian government and stresses need for aircraft; asks WSC to intervene immediately with President Roosevelt. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/6-7 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that no announcement be made regarding the changes in command in the Middle East until WSC returns to Cairo [Egypt]. 11 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/62-64 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" regarding "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]: Comments on the need to fix a date for the operation and suggests the text of a directive to General Dwight D Eisenhower ordering him to start "Torch" on 14 Oct; comments on the nature of the operation and contrasts it with "Sledgehammer" [Codename for plan to attack coast of France in 1942] and the raid on Dieppe [19 Aug]; comments on the assumptions that underlie "Torch"; states that there will be a decision in the Western Desert by the end of Sep. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/65 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal" thanking him for the photographs of the Pacific War Council. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/66 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" stating that he has seen a directive proposed by the United States Chiefs of Staff and that it is being urgently considered by the British Chiefs of Staff Annotated. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/67 Telegram from WSC to General Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] marked "private" thanking him for his kind telegram. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/68 Telegram from WSC to His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII] (Governor of the Bahamas) marked "private and personal" offering his sympathy on the death of his brother His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/69 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal" asking him to convey his deepest sympathy to the King on the death of his brother the Duke of Kent. 26 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/70-72 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" commenting on the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff memorandum of 25 Aug regarding "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] and stressing the importance of taking Algiers [Algeria] rather than limiting the operation to Oran [Algeria] and Casablanca [Morocco]. 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/73-77 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] and Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" reporting in detail on his discussions with Stalin in Moscow [Soviet Union] between 12 Aug and 16 Aug With annotation indicating that the telegram was also being transmitted to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] who "at this time is either in Washington [United States] or on his way to Ottawa [Canada]". 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/8 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" reporting on his "most confidential" talk with General Claude Auchinleck and listing the reasons why in his personal view Auchinleck should accept the Iraq - Persia [Iran] Command. 11 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79A/9-10 Telegram forwarded to WSC on 12 Aug marked personal and most secret reciting text of telegram of 11 Aug from President Roosevelt to WSC in which Roosevelt recites text of telegram from Chiang-Kai-Shek [President of China] commenting on the arrest of the members of the Working Committee of the Indian Congress, including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, and urging Roosevelt to take action. 11 Aug 1942 - 12 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/100 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret" informing him that he is forwarding him a copy of a message that he has sent to President Roosevelt [see CHAR 20/79B/101-102] outlining his views on the South West Pacific area and commenting on the same. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/101-102 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most immediate" reciting the text of his message to President Roosevelt regarding the importance of the South West Pacific Area and its naval, air and army needs [see also CHAR 20/79B/100]. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/103-104 Telegram from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] to WSC marked "personal" reporting on the internal situation in India, which he describes as "by far most serious rebellion since that of 1857" and stating that he is now threatened by visitations from Wendell Willkie [United States politician] and Sherwood Eddy. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/105-106 Telegram from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] to WSC marked "secret" complaining about peripatetic Americans, whose Zeal "is in inverse ratio to their understanding", stating his fear that they may wish to see the detained Congress leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, and asking WSC to "ginger up" Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to arrest "this flow of well meaning sentimentalists". 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/107 Telegram from General Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] to WSC marked "personal" informing him of the delay to military preparations caused by the internal disturbances within India and stating that "in present circumstances Akyab [Burma] is our best bet". 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/108-110 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" commenting on proposed changes to plans for landings in French North West Africa ("Torch"), questioning the decision of the United States to assume the whole military and political burden of the operation, and emphasizing the importance of occupying Algiers [Algeria] as well as Casablanca [Morocco] and Oran [Algeria]. 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/111 Telegram from Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" thanking him for his message on the loss of HMAS Canberra, gladly accepting the offer of HMS Shropshire as a replacement, and commenting on depletion of Australian Navy's cruiser strength. 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/112 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on provision of air forces for Australia and expressing reluctance to intervene with President Roosevelt about decisions of United States Chiefs of Staff. 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/113 Telegram from WSC to Chief of the General Staff Middle East [Lieutenant-General Thomas Corbett] stating that he knows of no such agreement, that it was impossible to state the news in a more restrained form, and that no such undertaking can be given. 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/114 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the recent changes to the command structure in the Middle East and questioning the decision not to advance Dominion commanders to Army Corps commands : Refers to experience and success of Major-General Sir Leslie Morehead; comments on decision not to give General Briggs command of 13th Corps. 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/115 Telegram from Prime Minister [WSC] to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" informing him that [Lieutenant-General William] Platt [General Officer Commanding in Chief East African Command] will be in command of operations [in Madagascar], expressing satisfaction that the government of South Africa will join in a declaration but warning against a premature declaration. 02 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/116 Telegram from Prime Minister [WSC] to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] reading "Personal. Thank you so much.". 02 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/117-118 Telegram from Chiang-Kai-Shek [President of China] to WSC on the occasion of the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Europe pledging continued support of China "until the last of the aggressors gives up his arms". 01 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/119 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" expressing his pleasure that Lieutenant-General William Platt [General Officer Commanding in Chief East African Command] will be in command [of further operations in Madagascar] and confirming that he will await instructions about the time of issue of the declaration. 02 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/120 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" informing him that Averell Harriman does not yet have a detailed message to send WSC about "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]. 02 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/121-123 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "most secret" commenting on plans for landings in French North West Africa ["Torch"] including details of United States and United Kingdom troops, shipping and naval forces required for the simultaneous assault of Algiers [Algeria], Casablanca [Morocco] and Oran [Algeria] and referring to information from North Africa that an American led expedition will meet much less resistance than a British commanded attack. 03 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/124 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] to WSC marked "secret" asking if he has any objection to the release of a public statement about the recent visit to the United Kingdom of Hopkins, General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] and Admiral Ernest King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] and stating that Averell Harriman is in the United States but will return in about ten days. 03 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/125 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt regarding plans for landings in French North West Africa ["Torch"]: Comments on United States proposals and suggests transference of some troops from Casablanca [Morocco] to Algiers [Algeria]; suggests that talks are held with either General Mark Clark [Commander of United States Ground Forces in Europe] or General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army], Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey, and Lord Louis Mountbatten [later Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Chief of Combined Operations]; asks that information about United States naval forces be given to Admiral John Cunningham [Commander in Chief Levant] and suggests Cunningham for naval command of the operation; comments on delay and states that the "Free French have got inkling and are leaky.". 03 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/126 Telegram from Commander in Chief Middle East [General Harold Alexander] to WSC and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff [General Sir Alan Brooke, later Lord Alanbrooke of Brookeborough] marked "most secret" informing him that 194 Sherman tanks arrived on 2 Sep and that they will start to be issued to the troops tomorrow. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/127 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] marked "personal and secret" agreeing to release of public statement [see CHAR 20/79B/124] but asking to see draft announcement and to synchronise its release. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/128 Telegram from Foreign Office to Chungking [China] stamped "secret" reciting text of message from WSC to Chiang-Kai-Shek [President of China] thanking him for his message on the occasion of the third anniversary of the outbreak of war between the United Kingdom and Germany. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/129 Telegram from [? Australian High Commission] to WSC referring to the replacement of HMAS Canberra and commenting on the desirability of agreeing a suitable simultaneous announcement. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/130 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC regarding the plans for landings in french North West Africa ["Torch"]: States that "we are getting very close together" and agrees to reduction of troops from Casablanca [Morocco] for assault on Algiers [Algeria]; states that he does not wish to see General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] or General Mark Clark [Commander of United States Ground Forces in Europe] but would be glad to see Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey and Lord Louis Mountbatten [later Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Chief of Combined Operations] if WSC wishes to send them; hopes to cable WSC a list of United States naval craft available for the operation. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/131 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC listing the numbers and types of United States naval vessels available for "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]. 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/132 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] marked "personal and secret" regarding the proposed visit to India by Wendell Willkie [United States politician] and Sherwood Eddy, suggesting that it might be possible to captivate and convert them, but stating that no foreign visitors should be given access to the internees. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/133 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" agreeing to plans for landings in French North West Africa ["Torch"], stating that he is sending Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey to the United States at once, and endorsing the request that the force released from Casablanca [Morocco] be sent to the United Kingdom. 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/134 Telegram from WSC to the Emir of Transjordan [later Jordan, Abdullah ibn Hussein] marked "personal" expressing his regret that they were unable to meet during his recent stay in the Middle East. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/135 Telegram from WSC to W Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Cananda] marked "most secret and personal" asking for the loan of every available ship from both Canadian coasts capable of escorting, save those required to maintain the strength of HX and SC convoy escorts. 04 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/136 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Wilfrid Lindsell [Lieutenant-General in charge of Administration in the Middle East] marked "personal and most secret" asking for information about the deployment of the United States Sherman tanks. 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/137 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC referring to his telegram about operations in French North West Africa [see CHAR 20/79B/133]: "Hurrah.". 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/138 Telegram from WSC to the British Ambassador to Egypt [Sir Miles Lampson, later Lord Killearn] marked "secret" expressing the hope that he is taking trouble with Wendell Willkie [United States politician]. 05 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/139 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" regarding operations in French North West Africa ["Torch"]: "Okay full blast". 06 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/140 Telegram from WSC to Commander in chief Middle East [General Harold Alexander] congratulating him on his success, informing him that "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] is delayed till early November, and sending his good wishes to Alexander and General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army], and his compliments to Air Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commander in Chief Mediterranean] and Air Marshal Arthur Coningham [Commander Desert Air Force]. 06 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/141 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Wilfrid Lindsell [Lieutenant-General in charge of Administration in the Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret" reporting on the arrival, unloading and issuing of United States Sherman tanks. 06 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/142 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret" : Informs him of start of PQ 18 [convoy to Soviet Union via northern route] and comments on naval and air support and stresses the need for more long range bombers; states that "Rommel's attack in Egypt has been sharply rebuffed"; informs Stalin that "Torch" [codename for operation in French North West Africa] has been set back about three weeks but is "on full blast"; comments on proposals for bringing a British-American air contingent into action during the winter on the Russian southern flank; praises the "continued magnificent resistance" of the Russian armies and states that he will give an account of his visit to Moscow [Soviet Union] when he addresses the House of Commons on Tuesday [8 Sep]. 06 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/143 Telegram from WSC to Air Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commander in Chief Mediterranean] marked "personal" asking for further particulars of effect of Jefferis bombs or puff balls. 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/144 Telegram from WSC to Chief of the General Staff Middle East [Lieutenant General Thomas Corbett] with message for General Officers Commanding 24th, 2nd and 9th Armoured Brigades regarding the arrival of the Sherman tanks: "The C.I.G.S. [Chief of the Imperial General Staff, General Alan Brooke] and I are sure you will make them count in the battle and in the war.". 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/145 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt]: "If you think well please tell Admiral King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] that we greatly value the aid he has given to TORCH [Codename for operation in French North West Africa].". 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/146 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" informing him of the arrival of the United States Sherman tanks in the Middle East. 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/147 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] to WSC marked "secret" reporting on the success of the visit to the middle East by Wendell Wilkie [United States politician] and mentioning Wilkie's visit to the front where he was shown round by General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army]. 06 Sep 1942 - 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/148-149 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] marked "personal and most secret" reciting the proposed text of his announcement regarding the visit to the United Kingdom by Hopkins, General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] and Admiral Ernest King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] in Jul 1942. 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/150 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" explaining that Major-General Leslie Morshead was considered for a Corps command and stating: "I am always on the look-out for opportunities to advance Australians to high positions in the Imperial Service.". 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/151-152 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret " reciting views of Chiefs of Staff as to why it is "not yet opportune" to transfer naval forces from the Indian Ocean to the South West Pacific Area. 08 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/153 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] marked "personal and secret" reciting single sentence that he proposes adding to the text of his telegram of today [see CHAR 20/79B/148-149]. 07 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/154 Telegram from Chief of the General Staff Middle East [Lieutenant-General Thomas Corbett] to WSC stating that the three brigades to be armed with Sherman tanks have each received some and commenting on their outstanding enthusiasm for this new equipment. 08 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/79B/78 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts marked "personal" [Prime Minister of South Africa] thanking him for the case of Cape Brandy and stating that he is looking forward to seeing Mr Sturrock [? Claud Sturrock, South African Minister of Transport]. 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/79-80 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "private and personal" informing him of the appointment of Lord Moyne [earlier Walter Guinness] as his Deputy Minister and reciting texts of newspaper announcement and explanatory note for press. 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/81 Telegram from Lord Halifax [Earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] be told about "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] before the Pacific Council meeting in Washington [United States] next week. 27 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/82 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] marked "personal and secret" regarding a letter he has received from Eleanor Roosevelt [First Lady of the United States]. 28 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/83 Telegram from WSC to Commander in Chief Middle East [General Harold Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Tunis] asking about the probabilities of "Zip" [Signal used by British Commanders to denote the start of an operation] coming this moon. 28 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/84 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] to WSC informing him that the invitation for Harold Laski [Member of the Executive Committee of the Labour Party] to speak in the United States is no longer being pressed. 28 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/85 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" expressing deepest regret at the loss of HMAS Canberra and offering the cruiser HMS Shropshire as a replacement. 29 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/86-87 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Iraq [General Nuri es Sad] marked "personal and secret" expressing his regret at not having been able to break his recent journey in Baghdad [Iraq] and commenting on the creation of the new independent command in Iraq and Persia [Iran] under General Henry Wilson. 29 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/88 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [Later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "private and most secret" stating that "Zip" [Signal used by British Commanders to denote the start of an operation] is now "equal money" and that the odds against are "increasing till September 2nd when it can be considered unlikely." Annotated in red pencil: "NO DISTRIBUTION". 29 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/89 Telegram from His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor [Earlier King Edward VIII, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Bahamas] to WSC expressing how deeply touched he was by WSC's message of sympathy following the death of the Duke of Kent. 28 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/90-93 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" regarding the placing of British and United States air forces on the southern flank of the Soviet forces in the Baku Batum area [Soviet Union, later Azerbaydzhan] and submitting a formal draft proposal giving details. 30 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/94 Telegram from Averell Harriman to WSC marked "important" thanking him for arranging his travel from London [United Kingdom] to Washington [United States]. 30 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/95 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" stating that he will answer telegram 140 [see CHAR 20/79B/90-93 regarding deployment of British and United States air forces in trans-Caucasia] by Tuesday but that he is "in full accord with desirability of it" and is also working on the Persian railway problem. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/96 Telegram from W Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC thanking him for his message about the discussions in Moscow [Soviet Union] and congratulating him upon the success of his visit. 30 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/97 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" informing him that General Erwin Rommel [Commander of German North Afrika Corps] has begun the attack. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/98 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret" informing him that General Erwin Rommel [Commander of German North Afrika Corps] has begun the attack. 31 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/79B/99 Note indicating that T1155/2 has been removed. 05 Sep [1942]