Official: Prime Minister: Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/109

Part of: CHAR 20
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Date: 1943 (one item from 1949)

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CHAR 20/109/1 Folder marked "Prime Minister's Personal Telegram Serial No T401/3-T500/3". Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/2 Telegram from General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] to WSC detailing his attack on the enemy on the 26th March stating that there was only one German division that was left unscathed and that the Italian element presents no threat and adding that the enemy has been severely shaken and that he will not allow them to recover T401/3. 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/3 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC stating that he feels uneasy about any further delay in the in activities after the operation in Tunisia and suggesting that an air base be established in the Dodecanese as this might persuade Turkey into entering the war and would allow them to attack Romanian oil wells adding that this is not an alternative to [Husky] the capture of Sicily but that is should be seen as an additional and shorter means of reaching their objective T402/3. 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/4 Telegram from Maurice Lubbock to WSC marked "Most Immediate" stating that the proposal regarding Short Bros. will not result in the company reaching its full potential but that if he is given the control of this company then he will be able to achieve this and adding that he will take on this position without payment (T403/3). 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/5 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin informing him that due to a German naval concentration at Narvik [Norway] a joint decision has been taken by himself and President Roosevelt not to run that the next convoy to the Soviet Union and adding that it will not be possible to continue to send convoys by the northern route after May as all vessels will be required for their Mediterranean offensive T404/3. 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/6 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt informing him that he has sent the telegram in the approved form and asking him to send a supporting message (T405/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/7 Telegram from Anthony Eden (Washington, United States) to WSC informing him that a message was sent last night from President Roosevelt (T406/3). 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/8 Telegram from Secretary of State to WSC reporting on a meeting he had with President Roosevelt stating that the President was contemplating the use of the Azores [Atlantic ocean] as a possible headquarters for the four great powers and adding that the President was happy to leave the handling of this business with the Portuguese with them and that he did not wish to become embroiled in any hostilities with Portugal (T407/3). 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/9 Telegram from Secretary of State (Washington, United States) to WSC informing him that he has spoken to President Roosevelt regarding his proposal to change the location of the next meeting and informing him that he had stated that his proposal would involve a dangerous trip for Marshal Stalin and that the current position was chosen so that Marshal Stalin would not have to leave his territorial waters (T408/3). 29 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/10 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC informing him that they will find all the necessary vessels for Husky [Capture of Sicily] but that something will have to suffer for this (T409/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/11 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked "Personal and Secret" informing him of the success of last nights attack on Berlin Initialled (T410/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/12 Telegram from WSC for Anthony Eden (Washington, United States) stating that it is dangerous to try to solve post war problems whilst the war is still raging adding that it is a mistake to rank nations in order of their importance as this will cause divisions (T411/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/13-14 Telegram from Secretary of State (Washington, United States) to WSC reporting on a meeting he has with President Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins (Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States) regarding the import programme and adding that they concluded that some of the United States projects would have to be revised in order to reach the shipping requirements and informing him that the President believed that pressure should be put on Turkey in May to allow them to use some of their facilities to aid them in the war effort (T412/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/15 Same as CHAR 20/92/43 Initialled. Copy (T413/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/16 Telegram from WSC to General Douglas MacArthur [Commander in Chief Philippines, Supreme Commander South West Pacific] asking him for his opinion on the posting of Colonel Wilkinson to his staff as British Military Assistant stating that Wilkinson would travel backwards and forwards keeping in touch with the position at both ends and congratulating him and his air command on their defeat over the Japanese in the Bismarck sea (T414/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/17 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States] marked "Personal and Most Secret" asking him to suggest to President Roosevelt that they should meet in a months time to discuss the planning of Husky [Capture of Sicily] adding that he thinks that too much fuss is being made as there are only three weak Italian divisions there and no Germans Initialled (T415/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/18-19 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC stating that the enemy are intending on holding Wadi Akarit and suggesting that a United States Division and the Eighth Army can force the enemy to abandon this position and commenting on the advance on Fondouk T416/3. 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/20 Same as CHAR 20/92/44 (T417/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/21 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC stating that there are some people who do not believe that honours should be given to high ranking officers at this time but that he should go ahead if he wished to give MacArthur a decoration (T418/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/22 Telegram from Secretary of State (Washington, United States) to WSC informing him that President Roosevelt is proposing to send a delegation to Bermuda for the refugee conference and listing those who have been suggested as their representatives (T419/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/23 Telegram from WSC to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] congratulating the New Zealanders for their part in the fighting in Tunisia (T420/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/24-26 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC marked "immediate" commenting on the views of the British Chiefs of Staff stating that he does not believe that the Commonwealth have failed to adhere to the agreed strategic policy and adding that they did not have any part in shaping the policy (T421/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/27-28 Telegram from Secretary of State (Washington, United States) reporting on a meeting he had with President Roosevelt and Douglas regarding the shipping position listing the projects where the shipping requirements could be met but stating that there was still a problem with Anakim [Recapture of Burma] as the ships would not be available until July and informing him of President Roosevelt's suggestion that efforts should be made to increase the turn around of ships in Britain, India and the United States Annotated (T422/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/29-30 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] thanking him for his message and stating that he was worried that General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] was preventing him from communicating to him and stating that he is relying on him to improve relations with Eisenhower. (T423/3). 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/31 Telegram from Richard Casey [Minister of State, Middle East) to WSC informing him that Admiral Sir Henry Harwood [Naval Commander in Chief of Eastern Mediterranean] has just left Cairo (Egypt) (T424/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/32 Telegram from WSC to Harold Macmillan (Minister Resident in Algiers) informing him that he is sending him a statement of the reply he gave to the Question in the House of Commons (T425/3). 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/33 Telegram from WSC to Harold Macmillan (Minister Resident in Algiers) containing a statement to the House of Commons regarding the situation in Tunisia informing him that due to General Sir Bernard Montgomery's [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] change in tactics the position there is improving T426/3. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/34 Telegram from Anthony Eden (Canada) to WSC stating that he does not like the idea of sending aviation spirit to Spain (T427/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/35 Telegram from Marshal Stalin to WSC congratulating him on the resent military successes and informing him that he has seen the film "Desert Victory" and ensuring him that he will make sure that it is widely seen (T428/3). 28 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/36 Telegram from Anthony Eden (Washington, United States) to WSC informing him that President Roosevelt has heard that Admiral Robert has notified the Vichy Government that he will not be able to last much longer and that therefore he will provide him with another bridegroom in the hope that he will provide a bride in the shape of Admiral Godefrey (Commander of the French Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean) (T429/3). 30 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/37 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC informing him of the position of their troops in Tunisia T430/3. 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/38 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden (Canada) stating that his mission has been a success (T431/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/39 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] to WSC informing him that Anthony Eden has just left for Canada and stating how successful his trip had been to the United States (T432/3). 31 Mar 1943
CHAR 20/109/40 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] discussing the possibility of General [Douglas] MacArthur [Commander in Chief Philippines, United States Army] being given an honour. He explains that he has sought the opinion of Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] but feels that it would be better to postpone any award. Typescript. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/41 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States] stating that he hopes that he is considering his proposal for a meeting and adding that he has still not heard from him regarding tube alloys [atomic bomb research]. Initialled (T434/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/42 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that Anthony Eden will inform him of his views regarding Anakim [Recapture of Burma] and asking his opinion on his views that there should be : greater air support for China; more general shipping leeway during the next six months and that Bolero [Administrative preparations for the invasion of France] should be initiated at a later date (T435/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/43 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC informing him that General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] was very tactful about the King's message and that relations are generally very good. T436/3. 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/44 Telegram from Anthony Eden (Canada) to WSC stating that he hopes to leave for Britain tomorrow (T437/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/45 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operation] asking him to telegraph his directive T438/3. 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/46 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] stating that he is delighted that Anthony Eden's visit was so successful (T439/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/47 Telegram from Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] to WSC thanking him for his message congratulating the New Zealand Forces (T440/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/48 Telegram from Stalin to WSC marked "Personal and Secret" conveying his disappointment at the decision to stop sending convoys via the northern route adding that there is a capacity restriction on the southern route and highlighting that this decision will have a bad effect on the Soviet troops (T441/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/49 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt reciting his telegram from Marshal Stalin [see CHAR 20/109/48] and stating that this has made him more determined to assist him (T442/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/50 Telegram from Patton to WSC thanking him for his good wishes (T443/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/51 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt informing him that it has been reported that the Germans were willing to discuss the possibility of mutual repatriation of certain officer prisoners and that Marshal Stalin had declined their offer (T444/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/52 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Canadian Prime Minister] to WSC informing him that Anthony Eden has just left and that his visit there was a great success (T445/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/53 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC stating that he expects to send Zip [Codename for start of an Allied operation] for General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] on the 4th/5th T446/3. 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/54-56 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operation] to WSC containing his directive depicting his aim, organisation and tactics for the land and air forces T447/3. 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/57 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] to WSC marked "Secret" informing him that President Roosevelt was keen to ensure that there were no misunderstandings regarding their shipping programme and that they had promised to carry seven million tons to Britain in 1943 but adding that they were not underwriting the whole programme to transport twenty seven million tons (T448/3). 01 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/58 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC thanking him for sending him a copy of the film "Desert Victory" and informing him that he is sending him a copy of film produced by the Canadian film board entitled "The War for Men's Minds" (T449/3). 02 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/59 Telegram from WSC to General Alexander [Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operation] thanking him for his directive and stating that he is pleased to hear about Zip [Codename for the start of an Allied operation] and that he would like some further information regarding the movement of the Sixth Armoured Division T450/3. 03 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/60 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] informing him that he is planning on proclaiming the ways in which Canada has contributed to the war effort and suggesting that a conference should be held during 1943 to show the strength and unity of the British Commonwealth (T451/3). 03 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/61 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC stating that he is replying to "our friend's" [Marshal Stalin] telegram (T452/3). 03 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/62 Telegram from Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] to WSC reporting on his meeting with General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] stating that he discussed the de Gaulle Giraud situation and informing him that Eisenhower proclaiming his support for him (T453/3). 03 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/63 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operation] to WSC informing him that Zip [Codename for the start of an Allied operation] has been postponed for twenty four hours T455/3. 04 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/64 Telegram from WSC [to the British Ambassador in the Soviet Union, Sir Archibald Clark Kerr] asking them for their opinion on Marshal Stalin's reply to the message regarding convoys adding that he thought that they had taken it "like men" T454/3. 04 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/65 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC marked "Personal and Most Secret" informing him that an operation in Fondouk is planned to commence on the 7th April to correspond with Zip [signal to denote the start of an Allied operation] T456/3. 04 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/66 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] asking him to pass on a message of good luck to the Sixth Armoured Division T457/3. 04 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/67-68 Telegram from WSC to Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] containing a message which was in the British newspapers and had passed through North African Censorship recounting the incident of a British regimental medical officer being assisted by a German officer and stating that he would like any tributes to the enemy to be stopped, adding that he was not sure whether material like this was some king of preparatory peace propaganda (T458/3). 04 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/69-71 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt regarding Husky Capture of Sicily and containing his minute to the British Chiefs of Staff which states that Husky is not expected to last any longer than one week and that it is only to be seen as a stepping stone and that they should concentrate on looking beyond Husky and that this may take them into the Dodecanese or to Italy (T459/3). 05 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/72-73 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he will make any improvements possible to the current programme of convoys and informing him of a recent raid on Essen [Germany] and of the details of attack in Tunisia (T460/3). 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/74 Telegram from WSC to Richard Casey (Minister of State, Middle East) stating that he believes that he was right in his action towards Admiral Sir Henry Harwood [Naval Commander in Chief of Eastern Mediterranean] (T461/3). 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/75 Telegram from WSC to Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Lloyd Graeme and Philip Cunliffe Lister, Minister Resident in West Africa] thanking him for his letter T462/3. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/76 Telegram from Sir Archibald Clerk Kerr [British Ambassador in the Soviet Union] stating that he was surprised by Marshal Stalin's reply and that he believes that he will accept this blow more readily as it comes from him T463/3. 05 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/77 Telegram from General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] to WSC marked "Most Secret" reporting on his attack on the enemy in Akarit Tunisia that morning, stating that he attacked the enemies central position and in complete darkness, both of which he had never done before and commenting on the success of this campaign and adding that he will press on northwards when they have finished there T464/3. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/78 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked "Personal and Secret" informing him of General Sir Bernard Montgomery's (General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army) success in Akarit [Tunisia] Initialled. Copy T465/3. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/79 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC informing him of their success in Akarit [Tunisia] T466/3. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/80 Telegram from Sir Archibald Clark Kerr [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union, later 1st Lord Inverchapel] to WSC, on presenting Lieutenant- General Sir Giffard Martel [Head of Military Mission at Moscow] to Stalin. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/81 Telegram from Prime Minister, WSC, to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked 'personal and secret' informing him of the success of the Desert Army's attack on Akarit, Tunisia, and that this is the first in a series of battles to be delivered by the 18th Army Group under General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] and expressing his joy at this success. Typescript. 4 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/82 Telegram from Prime Minister, WSC, to Peter Fraser [Prime Minister of New Zealand] marked 'personal and secret' informing him of the success of the Desert Army's attack on Akarit, Tunisia, and that this is the first in a series of battles to be delivered by the 18th Army Group under General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] and asking him to keep all the military details secret until an official announcement is made. Typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/83 Telegram from General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC and CIGS marked 'most secret' reporting on military progress. There is no further news from the Eighth Army; enemy resistance [at Akarit, Tunisia] has collapsed and large numbers of prisoners have been taken; attacks made by two US corps and Nine infantry division; and the infantry attack for Fondouk [Tunisia] will start on the night of the 7/8 April. Typescript. 6 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/84 Telegram from [Mackenzie King] Prime Minister of Canada to WSC marked 'secret and personal' in response to WSC's telegram No. 70 thanking him for the opportunity to express his views on a proposal before it is circulated and informing him that he has received a copy of the film "Desert Victory". Typescript. 06 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/85 Copy of telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked 'personal and secret' informing him that the enemy is retreating northwards, pursued by [General Bernard] Montgomery [Commander Eighth Army] and that there have been 6,000 prisoners so far. Carbon typescript. 07 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/86 Telegram from General [Jan] Smuts to WSC marked 'secret and personal' welcoming news of successes in Tunisia, expressing the hope that Tunisia will be cleared before "Hitler's next great blow at Russia", and commenting that the "RAF hammering of Germany is already a great second front" and that he hopes for a third front in the south. Carbon typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/87 Telegram from General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC marked 'personal' passing on a message from [General Bernard] Montgomery [Commander Eighth Army] that the enemy is in full retreat from Akarit [Tunisia], a total of 6,000 prisoners was taken the day before, and that he is pursuing the enemy. Carbon typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/88 Telegram from WSC to [General Dwight] Eisenhower [Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] marked 'personal and secret' passing on the texts of communiques he had issued about dissuading General [Charles] de Gaulle from making a visit to North Africa "during the battle crisis in Tunisia, which requires the undivided attention of the Allied High Command." Carbon typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/89-92 Telegram from [Richard Casey] Minister of State [Middle East] to WSC marked 'personal and most secret' on subjects including: the satisfactory maintenance position of the Eighth Army; the need for petrol drums for Husky [codename for the capture of Sicily]; progress planning armed assistance to Turkey; co-ordination of military and civil supplies to Turkey and the limits of the transport in Turkey; SOE (MO4) [Special Operations Executive] activities sabotaging chrome output in Greece and derailments in Serbia, dropping officers and ammunition into Greece and laying mines in the Corinth Canal; a reorganisation of the political intelligence work at the Middle East Intelligence Centre for better planning of operations against the Balkans; internal affairs in Libya; the need to keep pressure on Egypt in order to feed the Middle East and Persia/Iran; his poor opinion of [Emmanuel] Tsouderos [Prime Minister of Greece]; anxiety about difficulties between [Wladyslaw] Anders and General [Wladislaw] Sikorski [Polish Prime Minister in exile in London]; and plans for conferences. Carbon typescript. 6 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/93 Telegram from General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC marked 'personal' informing him that 2 US Corps have joined hands with the Eighth Army. Typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/94 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations] congratulating him on the success of the first phase [of operations in Tunisia]. Typescript. 07 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/95 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked 'secret' informing him that he has appointed Lieutenant-General Giffard le Quesne Martel as Head of the British Military Mission to the Soviet Union, giving details of the General's military career, and asking Stalin to give the necessary instructions to support Martel. Signature in typescript. Carbon typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/96 Telegram from WSC to [Richard Casey] Minister of State, Cairo marked 'most secret' thanking him for his 'most interesting' report. Carbon typescript. 8 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/97 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] marked 'personal and most secret' asking whether he has seen General Dwight Eisenhower's [Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] "No. 2274 (NAF 201)" [about Husky, codename for the capture of Sicily] and whether the statement of Alexander's opinions represent his considered view, reporting that COS have protested about it to CCS Washington. Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/98 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked 'personal and secret' on his favourable impressions of and long talk with Archbishop [Francis] Spellman of New York who is on his way to South Africa, suggesting that Smuts will find it worthwhile to make him welcome. Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/99 Telegram from WSC to Resident Minister, Algiers, with message for Archbishop [Francis] Spellman wishing him luck with his work and travels and informing him that he has telegraphed [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking him to assist Spellman 'in every way'. Typescript. 8 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/100 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States] expressing concern that he has had no response from Hopkins to his request for a meeting between WSC, CIGS, Hopkins and [General George] Marshall [United States Secretary of State] in London and then on to "'TORCH'-land'" [French North West Africa] if necessary. He feels that Hopkins and Marshall should visit because of a "most depressing" telegram (No. NAF 201) about 'Husky' [codename for the capture of Sicily] to which the Chiefs of Staff have sent a 'strong rejoinder'. Typescript, annotated in pencil with an amendment (see CHAR 20/109/105). 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/102 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] marked 'personal and secret' with a message for [Harry] Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] in which he confirms his understanding that the US will ship seven million tons to Britain by the end of November 1943 and that this is the limit of the US undertaking, but asks for allowance to be made for sinkings because the seven million tons is vital and is 'our absolute minimum.' Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/103 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, later Lord Irwin, British Ambassador in the United States] marked 'personal and secret' expressing astonishment at a US decision to send 20 ships this month for Anakim [Recapture of Burma] because of an impression from the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] that the President would prioritise seven million tons of shipping to Britain and Husky [the capture of Sicily] above Anakim. Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/104 Telegram from Stalin to WSC marked 'personal and most secret' congratulating WSC on military successes in Tunisia, expressing the hope that the Anglo-American forces will destroy "Rommel and other Hitler gangs in Tunis", and welcoming the bombing of Essen, Berlin, Kiel and other industrail centres in Germany. Typescript. 7 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/105 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] asking him to delete a phrase from his previous telegram (see CHAR 20/109/100). Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/106 Copy of a telegram from Harry Hopkins [[Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC marked 'most secret' in which he says that Anthony [Eden, later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] must have misunderstood him about visiting England imminently, explaining that the President [Roosevelt] feels that the situation in Tunisia should be clarified first and that [Roosevelt] will contact WSC soon. Carbon typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/107 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked 'most secret and personal' in which he reports that 375 Hurricanes and 285 Airocobras and Kittyhawks for Russia were in the cancelled convoys (JW 54 and 55); discusses the practical difficulties in arranging for the aircraft and accompanying spare parts to be transported to Russia; offers a maximum of 60 Hurricane IID airoplanes, discussing their advantages and successes against Rommel's tanks in Tunisia; and reassures Stalin that he is determined to get the aircraft to him "as soon as it is humanly possible". Typescript. 10 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/108 Telegram from [Harold] Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton] Minister Resident in Algiers to WSC informing him that he has made enquiries about an article referred to in WSC's telegram (no.486). He reports that articles "with this kind of tone" will be passed by the censors to higher authority before being passed; and that a warning has been sent to the author of the article; and that he has not discussed the matter with [General Dwight] Eisenhower [Commander in Chief of the North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] but has settled it with General Mclure. Carbon typescript. 9-10 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/109 Telegram from [John] Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia to WSC asking that Herbert Vere Evatt [Australian Attorney General and Minister for External Affairs] should be accepted as the official representative of the Australian government during his stay in London because it is important that the Commonwealth Government should have direct ministerial representation. Typescript. 9-10 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/110 Telegram from General [Sir Bernard] Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] to WSC marked 'most secret reporting that the Eighth Army have now captured a total of 20,000 prisoners and "much booty" and have reached the line of Mahares-Fauconnedrie and hope to reach Sfax [Safaqis, Wilayat, Tunisia] the following morning. Typescript. 9 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/111 Telegram from General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] to WSC marked 'personal and most secret' reporting that General [Bernard] Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] has captured Sfax [Safaqis, Wilayat, Tunisia] , expects the enemy to withdraw to Enfidaville, and that two Panzer Divisions will engage with our 6 Armoured Division around Kairouan, there have been tank losses of 20, and also on troop movements. Typescript. 10 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/112 Telegram from WSC to [General Ismet] Inonu President of Turkey marked 'important' informing him that a copy of the film "Desert Victory" (a record of the victory of the Eighth Army in the desert and their pursuit of Rommel to Tripoli [Libya]), has been sent to him and that he hopes it has a warm welcome from the Turkish nation. Carbon typescript. 11 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/113 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States] marked 'personal and secret' in reply to Hopkins' telegram (see CHAR 20/109/106) "I cannot help being much disappointed by your telegram". Carbon typescript. 11 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/114 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] marked 'most secret and personal' thanking him for his telegram, commenting that Alexander's combinations seem to be working well and that Boniface [Enigma decrypts] shows that the enemy is in a dire condition, especially in fuel. Typescript. 11 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/115 Telegram from WSC to Admiral [Sir Alexander] Cunningham [Commander in Chief Mediterranean] marked 'personal and secret' saying that he is glad to hear of Cunningham's plans to "prevent a successful Dunkirk". Typescript. 11 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/116 Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin marked 'personal and most secret' reporting that the Nazi-Fascist forces are falling back to Enfidaville [Enfida, Tunisia], that the Eighth Army is pushing northwards, that over 200,000 of the enemy are "in the net", 25,000 prisoners taken and 5-10,000 killed; on successful air raids on Duisberg and Frankfurt [Germany] of which he has sent a film and photographs to please the Russian soldiers; and his hopes to push some fast ships to the Persian Gulf carrying special priority cargoes including drugs and medical appliances purchases by CSC's Fund. He notes that the [Aid to Russia] Fund will shortly reach 3,000,000 pounds and is proof of "the warm regard of the British people for the Russian people". Typescript. 11 Apr 1943
CHAR 20/109/117 Note from Denis Kelly for WSC entitled "Gleans - 1943: Note for Printer" giving instructions for 12 copies of telegrams marked with a "P" to be printed in chronological order. Manuscript. 4 Apr 1949