Official: Prime Minister: Telegrams from Cairo [Egypt] and Moscow [Soviet Union] ("Bracelet").

Reference code: CHAR 20/87

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Date: 02 Aug 1942 - 23 Aug 1942

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CHAR 20/87/1 Old file cover Annotated. [Aug] 1942
CHAR 20/87/2 Filing note by ? Denis Kelly [Literary Assistant to WSC] indicating that these telegrams had been used in the compilation of WSC's book " The Second World War" and were to be returned to file in Archives in due course. 05 Feb 1949
CHAR 20/87/3 Telegram from WSC (Gibraltar) to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] marked "for those concerned only" : Instructs him to make a "searching secret enquiry" into the leak that resulted in the German wireless announcement of his visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]; complains about the delivery of a telegram to President Roosevelt and asks Hastings to instruct Sir Ronald Campbell [Minister Plenipotentiary to Washington, United States] to deliver immediately all personally important messages in the "former naval person" series. 02 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/4-5 Telegram from WSC [? Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" regarding ? leaked reports of his movements: Informs him that no public statement should be made and states that the many rumours may increase in number and diversity and cause confusion; states that a complete stop has been put on here and that he is against publicly confirming the story "which may draw bombs on this neutral city"; states that his wishes about Parliament stand though all reference to Moscow [Soviet Union] as place of meeting should be deleted; states that General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] is here and holds strongly that there should be no official announcement until the visits are over. 03 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/6 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" asking him about the line he proposes to take with Parliament about enemy reports of WSC's alleged Russian visit, and commenting on the arrival in Cairo of General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]. 04 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/7 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] and Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon]: Refers to a previous telegram and states that he has always been inclined to this idea and presumes that he [? Averell Harriman] would come out with Ivan Maisky [Soviet Ambassador to Britain]; asks that pouch and newspapers be sent as opportunity serves and hopes that Averell Harriman [Special Representative of President Roosevelt with rank of Minister] will start the moment permission is given. 04 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/8 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" informing him that false rumours about WSC's movements are being spread through special channels to confuse the enemy. 05 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/9 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" replying to his telegrams and endorsing the action taken and the arguments used. 06 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/10 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" asking for his best estimate of the position and arrival dates of the Sherman convoy ships. 07 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/11 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Lord President [Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] and Minister of Production [Oliver Lyttelton, later Lord Chandos] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the proposal to attach three scientists to the staff of the Minister of Production. 07 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/12 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" : Reports that General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] hopes and expects to visit England in Sep; states that this would seem the right opportunity for a formal Imperial War Conference and suggests that Attlee telegraph W Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] and that John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] might come too. 09 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/13 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on President Roosevelt's proposed declaration relating to the Atlantic Charter and stating that he should not be able to associate himself with it. 09 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/14 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" referring to an article in the local press by the Reuter's Diplomatic Correspondent in London [United Kingdom] relating to WSC's journey and stating that "it was surely unnecessary to play it up from London.". 09 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/15 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] stating that it is indispensable to run further convoys to Northern Russia (PQ's) after Sep: "I cannot believe Admiralty resources will not admit of this as well as Torch [Codename for operations in French North West Africa].". 10 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/16 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Leopald Amery [Secretary of State for India] marked "most secret and personal" referring to a broadcast reported by the BBC in which Amery spoke of the Government's pledge to give India her independence after the war, and stating that this goes beyond the declaration approved by the War Cabinet. 10 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/17 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" asking him for early information about "Pedestal" [Codename for major British convoy to Malta] if it can safely be sent to Moscow [Soviet Union], but requesting that it not be sent to Teheran [Iran]. 10 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/18 Telegram from WSC (Teheran [Iran]) to Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon] marked "most secret" reporting on his meeting with the Shah of Iran [Mohammed Reza]. 11 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/19-21 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] for War Cabinet and others concerned reporting on his arrival in the Soviet Union and giving a detailed account of the discussions during his first meeting with Stalin. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/22 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] regarding his need to mention the PQ convoys to Northern Russia, and asking for reassurance about the ability to send at least sixty ships in Sep. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/23 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Secretary of State for India [Leopald Amery] commenting on extracts from his broadcast regarding India. 13 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/24 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] thanking him for his message regarding the convoy to Malta, and asking for a fuller account of the operation as soon as possible Annotated. 14 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/25-31 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee], War Cabinet and others concerned marked "personal and secret" reporting in detail on his second day of discussions with Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Foreign Minister] and Stalin, and reciting the translated text of the Soviet Aide-Memoire of 13 Aug and WSC's reply to it Heavily annotated in red and blue ink. The red annotations would appear to relate to passages in WSC's "The Second World War" and were probably added in c1948-1954]. 14 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/32 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] stating that, due to the feeling of General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa], the plan for a full Imperial Conference should be dropped. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/33 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] asking about the position with regard to the renewal of "Rutter" [Codename for original plan for raid on Dieppe, France]. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/34 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] thanking him for his telegram [regarding the convoy to Malta] and stating that the "Prolongation of life of Malta was worth the heavy cost.". 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/35 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] reciting text of message from Averell Harriman [Special Representative of President Roosevelt with the rank of Minister] to Stalin replying to the Soviet memorandum of 13 Aug and reaffirming WSC's statement that no promise has been broken regarding the Second Front Annotated. Those annotations in red ink may have been added at the time of the writing of WSC's "The Second World War" in the period c1948-1954. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/36-37 Telegram from WSC [Moscow, Soviet Union] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] reporting on his dinner with Stalin on 14 Aug and their final meeting on 15 Aug, and reciting text of their joint Anglo-Soviet Communique Annotated, probably at the time of the writing of WSC's "The Second World War" in the period c1948-1954. 15 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/38-39 Telegram from WSC (Teheran [Iran]) to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] reporting in detail on his final private meeting with Stalin on the evening of 15 Aug. 16 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/40 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Secretary of State for Air [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later Lord Thurso] and Chief of the Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] regarding the bombing of Berlin [Germany]. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/41 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" instructing him to cable a report on HMS Indomitable and asking, "How long do we lose her for?". 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/42 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] marked "most secret and personal" referring to a sentence in a previous telegram [regarding supplies required by the Soviet Union] and stating that no action should be taken pending official discussion. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/43 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" agreeing with the proposal to give the 10th Duke of Devonshire [earlier Marquess of Hartington] ministerial status and make him the Deputy Minister of State [? in the Middle East]. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/44-45 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" reporting on: His arrival in Cairo; the future of General Claude Auchinleck; the question of making Iraq-Persia [Iran] a separate Command; the discussions between the British and Soviet military representatives; the Soviet ability to defend the Caucasus; the arrival of reinforcements in the Middle East; his talks with General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] and General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] regarding the state of the troops. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/46 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] asking him to report if and when "Jubilee" [Codename for raid on Dieppe, France] takes place. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/47 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Lord of the Admiralty [Albert Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] and First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] asking them to convey his compliments to Admiral Neville Syfret, Admiral Harold Burrough, Admiral Lumley Lyster and all officers and men engaged "in the magnificent crash through of supplies to Malta", and commenting on the reports in the papers regarding the number of enemy aircraft shot down which do not take account of those shot down by carriers. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/48 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that, in view of the damage to HMS Indomitable, he should consider bringing home one of the two aircraft carriers from the Indian Ocean after the completion of "Stream-line-Jane". 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/49 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" proposing that the appointments of General Harold Alexander as Commander in Chief Middle East and General Bernard Montgomery as General Officer Commanding Eighth Army be announced tomorrow (18 Aug) Annotated. 17 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/50 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to the King [George VI] marked "most secret and personal" thanking him for his most gracious message and stating that he hopes to deal with a number of important and urgent problems and is in the best of health. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/51 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the announcement of the changes in command in the Middle East and stating that General Claude Auchinleck is proceeding on leave. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/52 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" reciting the text of the announcement regarding the changes in command in the Middle East : Refers to the appointment of General Harold Alexander as Commander in Chief Middle East in succession to General Claude Auchinleck; the appointment of Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery as General Officer Commanding Eighth Army in succession to Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie; the appointment of Major-General Richard McCreery as Chief of General Staff, Middle East Forces in succession to Lieutenant-General Thomas Corbett. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/53 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the arrangements for the announcement of the changes in command in the Middle East. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/54 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" instructing him not to approach the 10th Duke of Devonshire [earlier the Marquess of Hartington] and asking to be informed whether this telegram had arrived in time to prevent such an approach. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/55 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the contents and wording of the announcement relating to the changes in command in the Middle East Annotated. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/56 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the publication of press releases relating to his first visit to Cairo and to the appointment of Major-General Richard McCreery as Chief of General Staff Middle East, but urging that no reference should be made to his second visit and stating that misleading rumours are already being put out that he has reached Khartoum [Sudan] Annotated. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/57 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Chief Whip [James Stuart, later Lord Stuart of Findhorn] marked "most secret and personal" informing him that he does not expect to be home for a week or ten days and that he doubts whether he shall have anything to add to the full statements about the Moscow [Soviet Union] Conference. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/58 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] marked "most secret and personal" asking for reports on developments in the Solomon Islands and on U-Boat sinkings Annotated, probably during writing of WSC's "The Second World War" c1948-1954. 18 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/59-60 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee], Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon], General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] and the Chief of the Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] regarding the long-term policy of placing an Anglo-American air force on the Russian southern flank in the Caucasus Annotated, probably during writing of WSC's "The Second World War" c1948-1954. 19 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/61 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to the Chief of the Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] marked "most secret and personal" regarding heavy night bombing raids on Berlin [Germany] Annotated, probably during writing of WSC's "The Second World War" c1948-1954. 19 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/62 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" commenting on announcement of changes in command in Middle East and reciting the text that is being issued to the local papers. 19 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/63 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] marked "most secret and personal" suggesting that it would be wise to describe "Jubilee" [Codename for raid on Dieppe, France] as a "Reconnaissance in force." Annotated, probably during writing of WSC's "The Second World War" c1948-1954. 19 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/64-66 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] for War Cabinet, General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence], and others concerned outlining the plan for the creation of a separate Persia [Iran] - Iraq Command, proposing that General Henry Wilson be appointed as its Commander in Chief, and listing the reinforcements which will be made available. 21 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/67 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] for War Cabinet, General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence], and others concerned commenting on the plan for establishing a separate Persia [Iran] - Iraq Command under General Henry Wilson [see CHAR 20/87/64-66] to which he has given the Cabinet consent in principle and asking for their endorsement. 21 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/68-70 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] for War Cabinet, General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence], and others concerned reporting on his visit to the Eighth Army in the Western Desert and commenting on the beneficial results of the changes in command in the Middle East and on the preparations for a battle with Rommel in Aug or Sep. 21 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/71 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to First Sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] marked "most secret and personal" asking him to cable the latest news of the progress of the ships carrying the Sherman tanks Annotated, probably during writing of WSC's "The Second World War" c1948-1954. 21 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/72 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee], General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] and others concerned marked "most secret and personal" regarding acceptance of President Roosevelt's offer to take over the working of the Trans-Persian railway and the port of Khorramshahr [Iran]. 21 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/73 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" thanking him for his telegram, confirming the support of the War Cabinet for the proposals relating to the creation of the Persia [Iran] - Iraq Command, and reciting the text of a public announcement for Monday's [24 Aug] newspapers. 22 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/87/74 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Private Office for First Lord of the Admiralty [Albert Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough] and First sea Lord [Admiral Dudley Pound] referring to the loss of the Australian Cruiser "Canberra" and asking them to consider the gift of a similar ship to the Royal Australian Navy. 23 Aug 1942