Official: Prime Minister: Personal Telegrams from Washington [United States].

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Date: 08 May 1943 - 04 Jun 1943

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CHAR 20/128/1 Folder marked "Prime Minister's Telegrams from Washington (Trident) and North Africa (Student) May-June 1943 Annotated. 1943
CHAR 20/128/2 Telegram from WSC to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] (Secretary of State for Air) and Colonel Oliver Stanley (Secretary of State for the Colonies) marked "Personal and Most Secret" informing them that the proposed appointment has been approved and may be announced at any time and informing them that he has heard some good accounts of Brigadier General Alfred Critchley for the Chief Executive Officer but that his qualities must be examined and adding that Lord Knollys [earlier, Sir Edward Knollys, to be Chairman of the British Overseas Airways Corporation] should return to Bermuda for at least a month and that a reasonable time may pass before he takes up his duties. 08 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/3 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he has no intention of putting the pressure on Turkey for a few months and adding that he hopes that he will continue to strengthen Sir Miles Lampson's [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador in Egypt] position on the policy. 08 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/4 Telegram from WSC to Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) suggesting that the Loval Scouts should be attached to the 52nd Division and become an additional unit. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/5 Telegram from WSC to Leo Amery (Secretary of State for India and Burma) marked "Most Secret and Personal" regarding his paper on the Indian Army and suggesting that all expansion should be stopped and that there should be a substantial reduction in the numbers and that they should concentrate on quality and not quantity and commenting that they should have heard about this earlier. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/6 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" asking him if he should try again with Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] regarding Poland and stating that he agrees with the course of action which he has taken Copy. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/7 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret" informing them that the Chiefs of Staff have prepared a paper proposing that the Portuguese authorities should be approached to try to obtain use of the Azores and asking their opinion and adding that he would go further and inform the Portuguese that if they did not co-operate that they would take control of these islands Annotated. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/8 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that he is sending him his draft reply to Marshal Stalin and asking him to add any annotations which he feels are appropriate and commenting on how he feels about Stalin's letter Copy. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/9 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] containing his draft reply to Marshal Stalin regarding the Polish affair informing him that the Polish authorities gave them a statement making these allegations about the missing officers and that they gave him no indication that they were intending to publish this in the press and stating that the Polish press will be disciplined and that he agrees that after these allegations about the Soviet Government, the Polish authorities should be restructured and adding that he will discuss these proposals with President Roosevelt Copy. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/10 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he is very pleased that he is supporting Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador in Egypt] and not excluding the possibility of using force but adding that there is a risk that plans for Husky [Invasion of Sicily] may become deranged and suggesting that he should discover the scales of their operations. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/11 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he feels that the celebrations for the victory of the Gulf of Tunis should be equal to those after Alamein and suggesting that a Thanksgiving service should be held next Sunday and that King George VI should attend a service at St Pauls Cathedral Copy. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/12 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he does not understand what difficulty there can be in disciplining the Polish press and suggesting that he should urge General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland in exile in London] to reconstruct his government Copy. 10 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/13 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that Harold Macmillan (Minister Resident in Algiers) continues to depart from his instructions and adding that they should continue to enforce the policy not to allow Admiral Rene Godefroy's [Commander of the French Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean] squadron to receive any payments Copy. 11 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/14 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that he would like to keep the Turkish submarine and not replace the second one which was lost and informing him that he agrees with his course of action with the provision that they must not seriously upset Turkey Copy. 12 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/15 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing them that Dr Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs] has offered to act as the representative of Poland at Moscow [Soviet Union] and stating that he hopes that this offer will be acceptable to the cabinet Copy. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/16 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" containing a message for Harold Macmillan [Minister Resident in Algiers] stating that he must comply with the instructions which he has been given and adding that there is no reason why the Alexandria squadron cannot now claim allegiance with their comrades in French North Africa Copy. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/17 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" containing a message from Richard Casey (Minister of State Middle East) informing him that he is sending him a message for Harold Macmillan (Minister Resident in Algiers) and stating that he is relying on them to ensure that these payments are stopped and stating that he presumes that he has noticed the great improvement in their position due to the capture in Tunis of a large number of wounded Germans. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/18 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee marked "Secret and Personal" containing a reply which should be given if anyone asks about the maximum presence in that country stating that Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Lord Privy Seal] was invited to the United States by President Roosevelt and that WSC invited him to travel with them but noting that Lord Beaverbrook is not on a mission from the Government. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/19 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" informing them that he has agreed to address Congress on 19th May. 13 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/20 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that everything should be done to prevent the newspapers from continuing the arguments regarding the Polish allegations about the Soviet Government and adding that he believes that General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland in exile in London] should visit his troops in the Middle East, on the basis that the controversy is stopped. 16 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/21 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) informing him that he agrees with his proposals for the organisation of the army and suggesting that the Rifle strength of the Infantry Battalions is increased to 72 men and not 36 Copy. 17 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/22-23 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret" stating that he does not believe that the line they are taking with the Portuguese will work and suggesting alternative action and stressing the importance of the acquisition of these islands and commenting that he is not swayed by the moral issue of attacking a neutral country and asking for his permission to state in his name to President Roosevelt to authorize the Chiefs of Staff to initiate a plan of attack on the islands Copy. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/24 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" reporting on the progress of Staff discussions regarding future operations. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/25 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that he intends to leave there on 26th May for Gibraltar and that he proposes to spend a few days in Algiers and Tunisia to inspect Husky [Invasion of Sicily]. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/26 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] Leo Amery (Secretary of State India and Burma) and Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) marked "Personal and Most Secret" reporting the dissatisfaction in the United States with the operation in Burma and informing them that he is considering re-modelling the commands and detailing his suggestions Copy. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/27-28 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee, Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" informing them of the documents he is sending them regarding General de Gaulle and commenting on de Gaulle's character and suggesting that Britain should consider eliminating de Gaulle as a political force by informing the French Committee of National Liberation that they will no further relations with them as long as de Gaulle is connected with them. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/29 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that in his absence the cabinet must decide which matters cannot be delayed Copy. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/30 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Leo Amery (Secretary of State India and Burma) marked "Personal and Most Secret" stating that a letter from an interned person with the intention to drive the British out should not be delivered during war time and that if they do they will be causing themselves a lot of trouble Copy. 14 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/31 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Personal and Most Secret" containing a letter to him from Dr Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister of External Affairs] stating that both the British and United States Governments have approved of the proposal and asking him to send instructions that nothing is to be said or done in London until all the preliminary arrangements have been done Copy. 16 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/32 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee stating that he is touched by the kindness of his letter and that he and his friends have been a great help to him Copy. 16 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/33 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir John Anderson ([later 1st Lord Waverley] Lord President of the Council) stating that he hopes that the review by the cabinet for the allocations of manpower can be completed by the time he returns and informing him that he would like to be notified of the measures proposed to speed up the intake into the aircraft industry. Copy. 16 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/34 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir John Anderson ([later 1st Lord Waverley] Lord President of the Council) stating that he should bring the matter of the anti aircraft equipment of battleships and cruisers before the Defence Committee. Copy. 17 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/35 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) informing him that he approves of the appointment of Major General Lord Rennell as Chief Civil Affairs Officer Copy. 17 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/36 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" informing them that he has spoken to President Roosevelt regarding the restructuring of the Polish Government and that he was satisfied with the line which they were taking and therefore informing them that he does not propose to send Marshal Stalin any further messages. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/37 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that they should wait for the results of Admiral Rene Godefroy's enquiries on political questions [Commander of the French Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean] before altering their policy on pay Copy. May 1943
CHAR 20/128/38 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that he raised the question at the Pacific Council and that he was given assurances that there would be would be no massing of troops or threatening of force towards Tibet and stating that he pointed out the dangers of China becoming involved in Imperialistic matters and commenting on the problems that Madame Chiang Kai Shek's [Wife of the President of China] presence in New York is causing. Copy. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/39 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] informing him that he has spoken with Alexis Leger and that he commented that he could not work with General de Gaulle and adding that he is increasingly convinced that he should write to General de Gaulle and state that due to his behaviour that he can no longer recognise the validity exchanged between them but that they will still recognise the validity of the French Committee of National Liberation and suggesting that they should try to get Leger and Edouard Herriot and General Henri Giraud [Civil and Military Head of French North Africa] on to the London Committee that this would be a strong representative circle of France. 21 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/40 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee stating that he would like to know the reaction of the War Committee to the abolition of the Comintern and adding that the opinion of those in the Labour Party would be very useful to him and commenting that he believes that this is a good sign and informing him that he would like to send a telegram to Marshal Stalin and is asking his advice Copy. 23 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/41 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later Lord Thurso] (Secretary of State for Air) congratulating the crew of the Lancasters of No 617 Squadron Copy. 23 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/42-43 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Leo Amery (Secretary of State for India and Burma) marked "Personal" stating that he advises that they should stop the letter rather than adopting a policy of incommunicado and reporting on a meeting with Phillips regarding the self government of India but adding that he does not believe that this matter is held with any significance in the United States Copy. 23 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/44-45 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" containing a detailed suggestion on how the situation with Portugal should be handled and stating that he is informing President Roosevelt of this proposal tomorrow. 23 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/46 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] and Sir James Grigg (Secretary of State for War) marked "Most Secret and Personal" containing a message from General Wladyslaw Sirkorski [Prime Minister of Poland in exile in London] which states that amongst the German prisoners captured in Tunisia there were many Polish soldiers forced to fight by the Germans and that they constitute a valuable source and that he is taking this matter up with the Military Authorities to arrange for their immediate transfer and asks him for his favourable opinion on this matter and informing them to take this through the normal channels but adding that he would like everything possible to be done for the Poles Copy. 23 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/47 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Oliver Lyttleton (Minister of Production) marked "Secret and Personal" stating that he approves of the arrangements proposed for the departure of Sir Robert Sinclair [Deputy for Minister of Production on the Combined Production and Resources Board, Washington United States] to become Chief Executive, Ministry of Production Copy. 24 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/48 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he did not know that General Henri Giraud [Head of Civil and Military French North Africa] and General de Gaulle were due to meet and commenting that they should await the outcome of this meeting and informing them of an agreement made between him and President Roosevelt to obtain 20 United States ships a month for ten months which will ensure full employment for their surplus sea crews. 24 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/49 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] marked "Most Secret and Personal" informing them that the conference has ended in complete agreement on all matters concerning future operations and stating that he asked President Roosevelt if General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Forces] could accompany him to North Africa to define post Husky [Invasion of Sicily] tactics. 25 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/50 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] stating that the telegrams handed to him by President Roosevelt should not be used as a basis for complaints against John Winant [United States Ambassador in Britain] as they were handed to him in friendly discussions and informing him that President Roosevelt agreed to their policy regarding General de Gaulle and that he was in favour of commencing with Lifebelt [Operations against the Portuguese Atlantic Islands]. 24 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/51 Telegram from WSC (Washington [United States]) to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley, Lord President of the Council] marked "Most Secret and Personal" regarding tube alloys [atomic bomb research] and commenting that his conversation with President Roosevelt was satisfactory. 26 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/52 Telegram from WSC (Trident, Washington Conference [United States]) to Clement Attlee informing him that he has arranged for Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell [Commander of United States Forces in China, Burma and India: one of Chiang Kai Shek's Chief of Staff] and Major General Claire Chennault [Commander of the United States Army Air Force Units in China] to pass through London on their return to discuss matters with the War Office and informing him of a document which he is sending to him regarding air bases in Assam [India] and stating that they need to inject more energy into this theatre. 26 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/53 Telegram from WSC (Trident, Washington Conference [United States]) to Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] (Lord President of the Council) informing him that President Roosevelt has agreed to the resumption of an exchange of information regarding Tube Alloys [atomic bomb research] and stating that this decision has been reached on the understanding that this weapon will be available for use in this war and asking him to inform Lord Cherwell [Earlier Frederick Lindemann, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] of this news. 26 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/54 Telegram from WSC to Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] asking him to join him for a few days. 29 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/55-56 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee informing him that Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] has aged considerably due to the strains of his position and suggesting that General Sir Claude Auchinleck should take over his position and that Wavell should take over Lord Gowrie's position as Governor General of Australia and stating that he will propose this to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] and commenting that he would greatly benefit from the assistance of Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] and informing him that he will stay until June 6th. 29 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/57 Telegram from WSC to Brendan Bracken (Minister of Information) regarding the newspaper report which W Gallacher [Communist MP for Fife] will mention in his speech in the BBC's Week in Westminster series asking why Gallacher has been given this recognition whilst the Labour Party and the TUC [Trades Union Congress] are admitting Communists into their ranks and stating that he hopes that this misbehaviour of the BBC has been brought to the notice of the War Cabinet. 30 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/58-59 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee marked "Most Secret and Personal" stating that he does not think there can be any harm in asking John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] about Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India, regarding his appointment as Governor General Australia] and commenting on his thoughts regarding the command of the fighting front and stating that he is concerned by his statement regarding the internationalization of civil air after the war and informing him that he intends to return on 7th June. 31 May 1943
CHAR 20/128/60 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee stating that he can announce that Anthony Eden [later Lord Avon] is out of the country if his absence is causing rumours, but that no other details are to be given. 02 Jun 1943
CHAR 20/128/61 Telegram from WSC to Clement Attlee informing him that the message to Marshal Stalin from him and President Roosevelt has been sent with a covering note, and that the letter has been sent by telegraph and that there is therefore no need for him to send the message to Sir Archibald Clark Kerr [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] Annotated. Copy. 04 Jun 1943