Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/84

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Date: 25 Nov 1942 - 11 Dec 1942

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CHAR 20/84/1 Old file cover Annotated. [Nov] 1942 - [Dec] 1942
CHAR 20/84/2-3 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" agreeing that there should be a conference with the Russians but commenting on Roosevelt's proposals and suggesting instead a meeting of Stalin, Roosevelt and WSC at Iceland in Jan 1943. 26 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/4 Telegram from Minister of State in West Africa [Lord Swinton, earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister, earlier Philip Lloyd-Greame] reporting on meeting between General Fitzgerald and the Governors and Service Commanders regarding facilities which might be required in French West Africa by the United Nations. 25 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/5 Telegram from Minister of State in West Africa [Lord Swinton, earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister, earlier Philip Lloyd-Greame] regarding naval and associated air operations in West Africa and recommending that these should remain under British rather than American control. 25 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/6 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Leslie Morshead [General Officer Commanding Australian Imperial Forces in the Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" thanking him for his very kind message. 25 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/7 Telegram from General Bernard Freyberg [General Officer Commanding New Zealand Forces in the Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" thanking him for his congratulations and stating that the battle was never in doubt "because for second time in this desert fighting our powerful artillery was used correctly.". 26 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/8 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC and copied to Chief of the Imperial General Staff [General Alan Brooke] marked "personal and most secret" stating that his target dates must stand. 27 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/9 Telegram from Minister of State in West Africa [Lord Swinton, earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister, earlier Philip Lloyd-Greame] to WSC thanking him for his message and praising the work of his staff, the ready co-operation of the Civil Government and the Services, and the confidence and help he has received from WSC and other Ministers. 27 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/10-11 Telegram from Premier Stalin to WSC marked "personal and secret": Thanks WSC for measures he is taking to send a new convoy to Archangel [Soviet Union]; agrees with WSC and Roosevelt on the importance of bringing Turkey into the war; approves of the Americans use of Admiral Jean Darlan in northern and western Africa and quotes Russian proverb; comments on Anglo-american intentions to launch a second front in western Europe in Spring 1943; reports on Soviet military operations around Stalingrad [later Volgograd, Soviet Union] and on central front. 27 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/12 Typescript copy of telegram from Premier Stalin to WSC [see CHAR 20/84/10-11] [This is probably the copy that WSC sent to President Roosevelt on about 2 Dec and which is referred to in CHAR 20/84/37-38]. 28 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/13 Telegram from WSC to the Maharaja of Nepal [Shamsher Jang] thanking him for his congratulations on the success of the Allied offensive in Egypt and referring to the role played by the Gurkha troops. [28] Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/14 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] discussing an honour for Essington Lewis. Typescript. 29 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/15 Telegram from Air Vice-Marshal Arthur Coningham [Commander Desert Air Force] to WSC marked "personal" presenting his duty to the Prime Minister and thanking him for his kind message of congratulations. 28 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/16 Telegram from Lord and Lady Halifax [earlier Edward and Dorothy Wood, then Lord and Lady Irwin] (Washington [United States]) to WSC marked "personal" congratulating him on his excellent broadcast. 29 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/17 Telegram from Lord Moyne [earlier Walter Guinness, Deputy Minister in the Middle East] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reporting on his talk with Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commander in Chief Mediterranean] regarding Tedder's meeting with General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] and recommending that Tedder's replacement de delayed until the whole North African coast has been freed. 29 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/18 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] to WSC marked "priority" congratulating WSC on his speech: "Mussolini did not like it. We did.". 29 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/19 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "immediate" congratulating him on his birthday and on last night's speech and expressing his confidence in the war leadership. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/20 Telegram from Henry Stimson [United States Secretary of War] to WSC marked "secret" congratulating him on his speech and on his birthday. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/21 Telegram from Major-General Daniel Pienaar [General Officer Commanding South African Forces in the Middle East] to WSC thanking him for his kind telegram. [30] Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/22 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] thanking him for his message Initialled in red. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/23 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "private" congratulating him on his broadcast and on his birthday. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/24 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret" expressing his disappointment at WSC's response to his request for the return of the Ninth Australian Division from the Middle East. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/25 Telegram from the Governor of the Falkland Islands [Allen Wolsey Cardinall] to WSC offering best wishes for his birthday and thanks for "the great interest he has taken in this minute outpost of the Empire.". 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/26 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC marked "personal" offering friendliest wishes on his birthday and informing him of the splendid reception of his speech in the United States. 30 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/27 Telegram from W Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC marked "personal" congratulating him on his birthday. [30] Nov 1942
CHAR 20/84/28 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] marked "private and personal" thanking him for his kind birthday message. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/29 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "personal" thanking him for his birthday greetings and for his friendship and counsel. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/30 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "personal" reporting on his discussions with Lieutenant-General Joseph McNarney [Deputy Chief of Staff United States Army] regarding the development and training of the snow plough force. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/31 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal and secret" asking if he should stop at Algiers [Algeria] or Malta on his way to London [United Kingdom] and stating that he is aiming to leave Cairo [Egypt] on about 7 Dec. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/32 Telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] marked "personal and secret" asking whether he would like to be considered for the Viceroyalty of India Annotated and initialled. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/33 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "secret and personal" expressing surprise at his decision to bring the whole 1st South African Division back to South Africa from the Middle East for leave and reorganisation. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/34 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" stating that he can no longer resist the return of the Ninth Division to Australia but arguing that their equipment ought to remain in the Middle East Annotated. [02] Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/35 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret & personal" commenting on arrangements for the return of the Australian Ninth Division from the Middle East and on plans to deploy the armoured aircraft carriers HMS Victorious and HMS Illustrious (Indomitable crossed through) in the Pacific. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/36 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] marked "most secret & personal" reciting the text of the telegram he has sent to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding the return of the Ninth Australian Division [see CHAR 20/84/35] and commenting on the importance of retaining the New Zealand Division and on the extra difficulties of moving it. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/37-38 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" stating that he is enclosing the text of telegrams exchanged between himself and Premier Stalin and reciting text of telegram of 24 Nov from WSC to Stalin [see CHAR 20/84/12 for text of telegram of 28 Nov from Stalin to WSC which has been misfiled] and commenting on the implications. [02] Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/39-40 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" outlining his plan to transfer the two aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Victorious to the Pacific to reinforce the United States Pacific Fleet in exchange for USS Ranger joining the British Home Fleet. [02] Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/41 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" regarding provision of aircraft with centimetre ASV for use against enemy submarines in European waters. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/42 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" regarding the development and production of snow ploughs and the training of a special group of United States and Canadian soldiers. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/43 Telegram from William Hughes [former Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC: "Many Happy Returns and All Good Wishes.". 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/44 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC conveying appreciation of Australian Government on occasion of his birthday. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/45 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "secret and personal" advising him to return direct. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/46 Telegram from John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia) to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the type of honour to be awarded to Essington Lewis [Australian Director General of Munitions and Aircraft Production]. 01 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/47 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" thanking him for his telegram [see CHAR 20/84/42]. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/48 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Gander, Newfoundland [Canada]) to WSC informing him that he is bringing a letter from President Roosevelt but has been delayed by the weather. [02] Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/49 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] to WSC replying favourably to WSC's telegram asking whether he would be interested in becoming the Viceroy of India. 02 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/50 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and secret" agreeing that there is a need for a personal meeting between himself, WSC and Stalin and commenting on the arrangements for this, which he would prefer to take place about 15 Jan 1943 in or near Khartoum [Sudan]. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/51 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] marked "secret and personal" reciting text of a private and confidential message to Wendell Willkie in which WSC comments on his attitude to the Atlantic Charter [see CHAR 20/84/52 for enclosed text of his speech to the House of Commons on 9 Sep] and on an offensive article written from Cairo [Egypt] for Collier's Weekly. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/52 Copy of declaration made by WSC in the House of Commons on the anniversary of the Atlantic Charter on 9 Sep 1942. [03] Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/53 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "personal and private" thanking him for his letter of 11 Nov which was safely delivered by Air Vice Marshal Collier. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/54 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] marked "secret" accepting that United States cannot provide 30 aircraft with centimetre ASV to equip two British squadrons and agreeing to alternative arrangements. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/55 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "most secret and personal" urging him to agree to a meeting with himself and President Roosevelt in January somewhere in North Africa. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/56 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" expressing delight at his proposal for a summit meeting with Stalin "which is the only way of making a good plan for 1943" and commenting on the need for preliminary talks with the United States Chiefs of Staff, the venue, personnel and timing : "However everything hangs on whether "Barkis is willin'".". 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/57 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [Marquis of Linlithgow] asking whether he would be willing to stay on for another 6 months With annotation stating that this would enable Sir Roger Lumley [Governor of Bombay, India] to come home for a rest and for his appointment to be considered Initialled. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/58-60 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" reciting texts of telegrams exchanged between WSC and Air Marshal Peter Drummond [Deputy Air Officer Commanding in Chief Middle East] regarding "Velvet" [Codename for Anglo American Air Force for Russian southern flank in the Caucasus] and suggesting that the matter might be allowed to wait until the conference with Stalin in Jan 1943. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/61 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and secret" regarding the exchange of De Gaullist prisoners in French West Africa for Vichy French prisoners in Equatorial Africa which is impeding negotiations over Dakar [Senegal]. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/62 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" promising every possible assistance to combat enemy U-Boat activities in the Mid-Atlantic and commenting on the role that can be played by Canadian squadrons. 03 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/63 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] marked "private" informing him that King George VI has now approved the appointment of Colonel David Colville MP as Governor of Bombay [India] in Dill's place and quoting the announcement that will appear in tomorrow's papers. 04 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/64 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "secret and personal" explaining his decision to send the whole 1st South African Division on leave which was taken after consultation with General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East]. 04 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/65-66 Telegram from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] to WSC marked "private and personal" agreeing to stay on for another 6 months if asked. 04 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/67 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "personal" asking to be informed from time to time how things are going and commenting on the enemy's situation and on the fighting in Tunis [Tunisia]. 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/68 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "private" thanking WSC for his message but wishing that the wording of the announcement could have said that he had been asked to relinquish the appointment [as Governor of Bombay, India] and had consented. 04 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/69 Telegram from Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC marked "most secret" informing him of the unanimous decision of the New Zealand House of Representatives to allow the Second New Zealand Division to remain in the Middle East. 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/70 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" thanking him for offering to transfer the aircraft carriers HMS Victorious and HMS Illustrious to the Pacific but stating that only Illustrious is required. 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/71 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] to WSC marked "secret" regarding the shortage of destroyers in the North Atlantic and enquiring about the possibility of the Canadian Government purchasing some from United Kingdom new production. 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/72-75 Telegram from General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] to WSC reporting in detail on the campaign in French North West Africa and describing the military and political situation. 05 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/76 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] regarding the need for COS (W) 380 to be presented to the Americans as an inducement to form a similar force in the United Kingdom. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/77 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" agreeing to send a single aircraft carrier to the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor and preferring it to be HMS Victorious. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/78 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" informing him of the decision by the New Zealand Government and House of Representatives to keep the New Zealand Division in the Middle East Initialled in red. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/79 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] marked "most secret and personal" thanking him for the decision to keep the New Zealand Division in the Middle East and commenting on the allied progress in the Middle East, Malta and North Africa and on moves to transfer two more aircraft carriers to the Pacific. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/80 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "personal and most secret" checking that he has read certain "Boniface" information [enigma decrypts] revealing weakness and counter-order among the enemy of a very remarkable character. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/81 Telegram from WSC to Prime Ministers of Australia [John Curtin] and New Zealand [Peter Fraser] marked "most secret and personal" informing them to read Illustrious for Indomitable in his telegram of 2 Dec. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/82 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on the anniversary of the "infamous outrage" [Pearl Harbor] looking forward to "the utter and final destruction of Japan's aggressive power." Annotated and initialled. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/83 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" commenting on the advance of the Eighth Army in Libya. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/84 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" agreeing that the British and American representatives in Moscow [Soviet Union] should mark time in relation to "Velvet" [Codename for Anglo-American air force for Russian southern flank in the Caucasus] but stating that he does not wish to give them the authority to call the enterprise off. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/85 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" agreeing with his telegram no. 227 [see CHAR 20/84/84]. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/86-87 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "most urgent personal and secret" commenting on the military and political situation in North Africa. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/88 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "most secret and personal": "I am sure you are watching them like a cat does a mouse. It is a great help to me in my work when you keep in touch.". 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/89 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret" thanking him for the kindness of his statement and commenting on the fighting in Tunisia. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/90 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reciting the text of his message to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] thanking him for his decision to leave the New Zealand Division in the Middle East. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/91 Telegram from Premier Stalin to WSC marked "personal and secret" welcoming the idea of a meeting between the Heads of Governments but regretting that he will not be able to leave the Soviet Union and asking for a reply about the establishment of a second front in Western Europe and commenting on military operations within the Soviet Union. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/92 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and most secret" reciting text of telegram of 6 Dec 1942 from Premier Stalin to WSC [see CHAR /20/84/91]. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/93 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] marked "immediate" thanking him for undertaking to remain in office for a further six months and reciting text of press announcement. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/94 Telegram from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow] to WSC marked "private and personal" thanking him for his kind message and for the terms used in the announcement of his extension of office. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/95 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "personal" proposing "to go slow in selling this idea to Americans" and stating that "When we can get them to regard Round-Up [Codename for the invasion of France] as a probability next summer, the rest should be easy.". 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/96 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] marked "most secret and personal" reporting on progress over the unshackling of prisoners of war. 08 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/97 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] discussing an honour for Essington Lewis and his feeling that Lewis ought to be awarded a CH [Companion of Honour]. Typescript. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/98 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that they should send their representatives in Moscow [Soviet Union] the instructions proposed by the Combined Chiefs of Staff regarding "Velvet" [Codename for Anglo-American air force for Russian southern flank in the Caucasus] and reciting the proposed instructions which oppose Soviet proposals to send only aircraft or aircraft and crews. 08 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/99 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC marked "personal and secret" informing him that he has passed WSC's message to Wendell Willkie and will let him know if there is any reaction. 07 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/100 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" regarding the return of the Australian 9th Division from the Middle East: Comments on the campaign in New Guinea and its implications for Australian manpower; lists essential equipment which should be shipped back to Australia with the troops; comments on communication with President Roosevelt. 08 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/101 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" asking if he can read one of Roosevelt's telegrams to the House of Commons in secret session on Thursday [10 Dec] as there is "a good deal of uneasiness about Darlan". 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/102 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" replying to WSC's telegram about the shackling of prisoners of war and expressing the hope that the "Swiss appeal will bring an end to this sorry business.". 08 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/103 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" expressing his full agreement with WSC's telegram on the subject of "Velvet" [Codename for Anglo-american air force for Russian southern flank in the Caucasus] and confirming that the American representative in Moscow [Soviet Union] will be guided by the instructions contained therein [see CHAR 20/84/98]. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/104 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" confirming that he has received an identical telegram from Moscow [Soviet Union], stating that he is sending WSC the text of a message to Stalin [see CHAR 20/84/105], and suggesting that it would be a mistake for our Staff people to discuss major moves in Moscow and that Staff conversations between military officials of the United Kingdom, Russia and America should take place in Africa. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/105 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reciting text of message to Stalin in which Roosevelt expresses his deep disappointment that Stalin is unable to attend a meeting with him in Jan [1943] and suggests that a tentative date be set for such a meeting in North Africa about 1 Mar [1943]. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/106 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" permitting WSC to read his telegram to a secret session of the House of Commons and adding that General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] has definite instructions not to enter into an agreement with Admiral Jean Darlan and commenting on the importance of the opening of the port of Dakar [Senegal]. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/107-108 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" expressing his concerns about conditions in French Morocco and Algeria, where an inability to exercise control over the local French authorities has led to a resurgence of Fascist activity, and suggesting that such "good friends" as Generals Emile Bethouard and Charles Mast are appointed to high military commands. 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/109 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the arrangements to return the 9th Division to Australia from the Middle East and on plans to make two more aircraft carriers available in the Pacific. 10 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/110 Telegram from General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] to WSC marked "urgent" thanking him for his message of 7 Dec and commenting on the latest situation in North Africa: States that Pierre Boisson [Vichy French Governor-General of West Africa] "lost a leg and his hearing to the Hun in nineteen eighteen and has no love for him whatsoever.". 09 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/111 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" informing him that the House of Commons in secret session was unanimous in its support, stating that tomorrow he will be sending him a message about Joe [Stalin], and expressing his disappointment that they will not be meeting but hoping that the United States Chiefs of Staff and Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] will come over here in the interval. 10 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/112 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "urgent" informing him he had never seen the House of Commons so unanimous in its support as it was in today's secret session. 10 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/113 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC marked "personal and secret" reporting the comment made by Wendell Willkie to Tom Lamont that he had received "a very nice letter indeed" from WSC. 10 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/114 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "private and most secret" suggesting that he might give a friendly hint to General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] about the disadvantages of his making confident statements about beating and out-witting Rommel before the battle has been fought. 11 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/84/115 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] marked "personal and secret" asking him to privately inform General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] that they are thinking on the same lines and commenting on future joint military operations including "Brimstone" [Codename for Allied landings in Sardinia] and "Husky" [Codename for Allied landings in Sicily] which should only be undertaken if "we are absolutely sure that we cannot assume the major role in the Channel and thereabouts.". 11 Dec 1942