Official: Prime Minister: Prime Minister's Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/37

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Date: 01 Apr 1941 - 21 Apr 1941

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CHAR 20/37/1 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, advising him to stick to the original plan on French Somaliland [later Djibouti], subject to discussion with General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of Free French]. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/2 Telegram from WSC to Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) asking for Greek views on the deployment of British Air forces from Greek aerodromes. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/3 Telegram from WSC to Chief of Imperial General Staff [General Sir John Dill] (Belgrade [Yugoslavia]) warning of German and Italian rapid regrouping against Yugoslavia. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/4 Telegram from WSC to Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) with numbers of aeroplanes released to aid Greece. 31 Mar 1941
CHAR 20/37/5 Telegram from [Sir Ronald] Campbell [British Minister to Yugoslavia] (Belgrade) passing on a message from [?Sir Thomas] Preston to WSC on General [Dusan] Simovic's [Prime Minister of Yugoslavia] reluctance to strike Italy, but promise to attack Albania. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/6 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising that shipping at Massawa will be dropped now Asmara [Eritrea] has been surrendered and commenting on other aspects of the conflict in northern Africa. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/7 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on his relations with [Major-General Sir] Thomas Blamey [General Officer Commanding 1st Australian Corps], asking WSC to assure [Robert] Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia]. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/8 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, advising him "to chop the German advance against Cyrenaica [Libya]". 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/9 Telegram from Former Naval Person [WSC] to President [Franklin] Roosevelt advising that Admiral [Jean] Darlan [Vice-Premier of Vichy France] has ordered the battleship "Dunkerque" to dock at Toulon [France] for disarmament. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/10 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on the decision made with General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] and [?Selwyn] Jepson to allow the Free French to make the initial approach [to French Somaliland, later Djibouti]. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/11-12 Telegram from General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Khartoum [Sudan]) to WSC on British and French victory in Eritrea. In French preceded by English translation. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/13 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on Greece's agreement to allow the RAF to use Greek aerodromes in the event of a German attack on Yugoslavia, but stating that Turkey is unable to give the same assurance. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/14 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on intentions to go with General [Sir John] Dill [Chief of Imperial General Staff] to Florina [Greece] for staff talks and to view the Aliakmon [Greece] position. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/15 Manuscript note by "M S" [?Maud Stanley, WSC's secretary] stating that T "13" is "missing". 27 Nov 1950
CHAR 20/37/16 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on the Greek need for ammunition and weapons. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/17 Telegram from Sir [Samuel] Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood, Ambassador to Spain on Special Mission] (Madrid) to WSC asking for supplementary bulletins, describing naval victories and military successes, to enliven official communiques. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/18 Telegram from General [Wladyslaw] Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland] to WSC discussing his trip to the United States. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/19-20 Telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [later 1st Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] on relations with the Vichy Government, particularly Admiral [Jean] Darlan [Vice-Premier of Vichy France], and with General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] and [General Maxime] Weygand [Governor-General of Algeria and Delegate-General of Vichy Government in French Africa]. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/21 Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] (Moscow), for personal delivery to Marshal Stalin, informing Stalin that Germany had been transferring Panzer Divisions from Romania to Southern Poland, but has stopped due to the Serbian revolt [information learned from Enigma decrypts]. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/22 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to "the Former Naval Person" [WSC] on financing of shipbuilding and repair. [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/23 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] advising that the Admiralty found Holm's suggestions impracticable. [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/24 Telegram from Sir [Miles] Lampson [later 1st Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] (Cairo) to WSC asking for information on relations with the Vichy Government and General [Maxime] Weygand [Governor-General of Algeria and Delegate-General of Vichy Government in French Africa]. 01 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/25 Telegram from WSC to President [Franklin] Roosevelt on shipping protection against U-boats. [first page only of message, second page at CHAR 20/37/91]. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/26-27 Telegram from [Major-]General Arthur Smith [Chief of General Staff, Middle East] to WSC advising that General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] has flown to Cyrenaica [Libya]. 2 copies. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/28 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to "the Former Naval Person" [WSC] advising that the United States Ambassador to Vichy [France, Admiral William Leahy] is making representations to Marshal [Philippe] Petain [Chief of French State] as requested by WSC. [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/29-30 Telegram from WSC to [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] on the evacuation of Benghazi [Libya]. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/31 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC on Count [Carlo] Sforza's suggestion that Britain should offer to evacuate Italian women and children from Ethiopia [Abyssinia], thus gaining international admiration and undermining Benito Mussolini's propaganda. [see CHAR 20/37/38 for President Franklin Roosevelt's comments]. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/32 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] to WSC thanking him for his congratulations. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/33 Telegram from WSC to General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] (Cairo [Egypt]) via General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] conveying the confidence of the British Government in his abilities. 03 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/34 Telegram [from WSC] to [Sir Stafford Cripps, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] (Moscow) on the postponement of German plans to attack the Soviet Union, suggesting Marshal Stalin should begin defensive preparations and court allies. 05 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/35 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] approving of his actions concerning President [Franklin Roosevelt]. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/36 Telegram [from WSC] to [Sir Stafford Cripps, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] (Moscow) with a message for Yosuke Matsuoka [Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs] of "sincerity and goodwill": warning him of the possible consequences if Japan and the combined British and American "naval superiority" should come into conflict. 02 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/37 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC on the situation in the Balkans and evacuation of Benghazi [Libya]; requesting permission to leave for England rather than visiting General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] in Egypt. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/38-39 Telegram from President [Franklin] Roosevelt to "the Former Naval Person" [WSC] on Count Carlo Sforza's suggestion for the evacuation of Italian women and children from Ethiopia [Abyssinia]. [see also CHAR 20/37/31 and CHAR 20/37/41-42 for WSC's reply]. [Apr] [1941]
CHAR 20/37/40 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] promising extra tanks and aircraft; comments on reaction in Britain to the evacuation of Benghazi [Libya] and the need to tell the public about the sending of "strong forces" to Greece. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/41-42 Telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President [Franklin Roosevelt] on the impossibility of Count [Carlo] Sforza's suggestion about Italian evacuation. [for Roosevelt's telegram see. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/43 Telegram from WSC to Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) on the Libyan situation; granting him permission to return to England. 05 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/44 Telegram from WSC to [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] stating: "on no account surrender Stoyodinivitch [?Stoyadinovitch]". 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/45 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to "Former Naval Person" [WSC] advising that Admiral [William] Leahy [United States Ambassador to Vichy France] has told him that "the Dunkerque will not be transferred from Oran [Algeria] within the next ten days". 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/46 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on his meeting with an unidentified Yugoslav representative and "General Y". 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/47-48 Telegram from WSC to [Sir Ronald] Campbell [British Minister to Yugoslavia] (Belgrade) for the President of Council [and Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, General Dusan Simovic] advising him that German forces are converging on Yugoslavia and suggesting a decisive victory in Albania would secure safety; with second telegram asking Campbell to also convey WSC's good wishes. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/49 Telegram from "former naval person" [WSC] to President [Franklin] Roosevelt on naval escorts. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/50 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on his decision to visit Cairo [Egypt, with Chief of Imperial General Staff, General Sir John Dill] before returning to Britain. 05 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/51 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising on a press release on Britain sending Imperial forces to Greece. 05 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/52 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Cairo, Egypt] to WSC on discussions with [General Sir John] Dill [Chief of Imperial General Staff] and [General Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], their conclusion being that the Italian-German effort at Cyrenaica [Libya] is a diversion from the planned attack on the Balkans, and commenting on communication difficulties and weaknesses in equipment. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/53-55 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to "the Former Naval Person" [WSC] on the transfer of the "Dunkerque" from Oran [Algeria] to Toulon [France]; stating that [?Freeman] Matthews, Counsellor to the US Embassy [Vichy, France] met with Marshal [Philippe] Petain [Chief of French State] and Admiral [Jean] Darlan [Vice-Premier of Vichy France], receiving pledges that the ship would not fall into German hands. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/56-58 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] acknowledging receipt of a telegram. Preceded by carbon copies of letters from "J M M" [John Martin, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to the Resident Clerk, Foreign Office. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/59 Telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President [Franklin] Roosevelt on the danger of [Admiral Jean] Darlan [Vice-Premier of Vichy France] transferring French ships from African ports to French ports in danger of German occupation, and on the escort of convoys. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/60 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Athens [Greece]) to WSC on under-equipped Greek hospitals and the need for Red Cross aid. 04 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/61 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (Cairo [Egypt]) to WSC on the need for anti-tank guns, light anti-aircraft guns, and technical personnel for ordnance workshops. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/62 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC asking if United States Government approval of Allied intervention in Ethiopia [Abyssinia] would be beneficial. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/63 Telegram from Koryzis [President of the Council, Athens, Greece] to WSC with congratulations on the Royal Navy's success against the Italian fleet. [in French]. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/64 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) thanking him for his message of 13 March. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/65 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC on a request from Putnams for a brief message for the Annual Banquet of the American Book Sellers Association. [see CHAR 20/38/71 for the message]. 06 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/66 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon, Egypt] to WSC on German strength in the Western desert; stating that [General Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] hopes to stop the German advance at Tobruk [Libya]. 07 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/67 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] congratulating the Indian Army on achievements in Eritrea. 07 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/68 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] hoping he will be able to hold Tobruk [Libya]; asks for all communiques to be released through London. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/69-70 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [later 1st Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] (Cairo) to WSC on [General Charles] de Gaulle's [Chief of the Free French] visit to Egypt and Palestine, and meeting with [General Georges] Catroux [Commander-in-Chief Free French in Levant]; commenting on the situation in Syria. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/71 Telegram from [Major-]General Arthur Smith [Chief of General Staff, Middle East] to WSC advising that General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] is visiting Tobruk [Libya]. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/72 Telegram from Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon] (Gibraltar) to WSC reporting on probable German intentions for Libya, particularly Tripoli, suggesting a counter-attack from Malta. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/73 Telegram from WSC to President of the Council, Athens [Greece, Koryzis] thanking him for his message on the naval victory at Cape Matapan [Greece]. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/74-75 Telegram from Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC thanking him for his message to the Indian Army; preceded by a covering letter from [?Miles] Clauson (India Office) to [John] Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary]. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/76 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC asking for his views on a proposed film about WSC's life to be produced by the President's son James Roosevelt, giving [?Sumner] Welles' [Under-Secretary of State, United States] opinion. 08 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/77 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising that communiques are now sent to the War Office, London, for release. 09 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/78 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] advocating the strong defence of Tobruk [Libya], stating: "From here it seems unthinkable that the fortress of Tobruk should be abandoned without offering the most prolonged resistance". [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/79 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, endorsing his decision to hold Tobruk [Libya]. 10 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/80 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising that he is going to Greece to visit [Lieutenant-General Sir Henry] Wilson [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Troops in Greece]. 10 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/81-82 Telegram from Government of Canada to Dominions Office sending on a message to WSC on Canadian anti-submarine protection of shipping which they claim has not been recognised by UK military advisers. 10 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/83 Telegram from General [Wladyslaw] Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland] (Washington [United States]) to WSC on his visit to the United States. 11 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/84 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, advising that the defence of Tobruk [Libya]: "is one of the crucial fights in the history of the British Army". 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/85 Telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President [Franklin] Roosevelt on: a "momentous cable" [see CHAR 20/37/97]; Marshal [Philippe] Petain's [Chief of French State] promise not to move the "Dunquerque" without Roosevelt's agreement; US declarations about the Red Sea; British defence of the Nile Valley [Egypt] and Tobruk [Libya]. 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/86 Letter from "A B" [Anthony Bevir, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to [Valentine] Lawford (Foreign Office) requesting he despatch a telegram from WSC to General [Wladyslaw] Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland] advising him to continue with his visit to the United States. 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/87 Telegram from WSC to [Sir Ronald Campbell, British Minister to Yugoslavia] (Vrnjaska Banja [Yugoslavia]) refusing to send British ships up the Adriatic north of Valona [Vlore, Albania] but stating that as a last resort they will send a submarine for the evacuation of the King [Peter II]. 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/88 Telegram from WSC to [Lieutenant-]General [Sir Henry] Wilson [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Troops in Greece] (Athens) advising the Greek Western Army to cover their means of retreat from Albania into Greece; the King [George II] should stay in Greece unless forced to retreat to Cyprus. 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/89 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on the issue of daily communiques. [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/90 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with congratulations for action at Tobruk [Libya], emphasising its importance as a "sally-port". [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/91 [Telegram from WSC to President Franklin Roosevelt on shipping protection against U-boats; second page of message, first page at CHAR 20/37/25]. [04 Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/92-93 Telegram from WSC to acting Prime Minister of Australian Commonwealth [Arthur Fadden] advising that [Robert] Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] is needed in Britain for the duration of crisis in the Balkans and Libya; reporting on action at Tobruk [Libya]. 14 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/94 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC stating: "Tobruk [Libya] now isolated" and "situation of Greek Army . . . dangerous". 13 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/95 Telegram from WSC to [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood, Ambassador to Spain on Special Mission] (Madrid) on demands made by Portugal; stating that "Colonel Rodrigues is fully in [Dr Antonio] Salazar's [Prime Minister of Portugal] confidence and made a good impression". 16 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/96 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, [General Sir Archibald Wavell] (Athens [Greece]) advising preparations for withdrawal as "we cannot remain in Greece against wish of Greek Commander-in-Chief"; suggesting Crete should be "held in force" to defend King [George II] of Greece and the Government. 17 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/97 Telegram from "former naval person" [WSC] to President [Franklin Roosevelt] on: a change in United States policy on the Atlantic [see further CHAR 20/37/113-115]; uncertainty of the Greek situation; confidence in the Libyan-Egyptian position; reporting on the sinking of a German-Italian convoy off Malta. 17 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/98-101 Telegram from WSC to the United Kingdom High Commissioners [in Canada, ?Malcolm MacDonald, Australia, Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, New Zealand, William Jordan], and the UK representative [in South Africa, 4th Lord Harlech, earlier William Ormsby-Gore], requesting they give a message to their Prime Ministers [Mackenzie King, Arthur Fadden (acting), Peter Fraser, and General Jan Smuts] on the Middle East: stating that German success in Cyrenaica [Libya] may endanger Egypt; reaffirming the decision to send troops to Greece; and commenting on the accelerated transfer of armaments to the Eastern Mediterranean to regain Cyrenaica. [Apr 1941]
CHAR 20/37/102 Telegram from WSC to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East [Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore] sending congratulations on the defence of Tobruk, Libya, and commenting on the quantities of equipment being sent to him. 15 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/103 Telegram from Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East [Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore] to WSC thanking him for his message of support to Libyan squadrons and expressing his confidence in RAF, Middle East. 15 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/104-105 Telegram from acting Prime Minister of Australia [Arthur Fadden] to WSC agreeing to Robert Menzies' [Prime Minister of Australia] extended stay in Britain. 15 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/106-107 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on German plans for attack in Greece; commenting on plans for withdrawal to Crete and the defence of Tobruk [Libya]. 17 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/108 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on the situation in North Africa and Tobruk [Libya], advising cutting off German-Italian supplies to "wear them down". 17 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/109-112 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC on securing the French fleet for the Allies; stating that he has Marshal [Philippe] Petain's [Chief of French State] promise not to move the "Dunquerque" without Roosevelt's agreement. 11 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/113-115 Telegram from President [Franklin Roosevelt] to the Former Naval Person [WSC] on the United States' change of policy in the Atlantic: to include the extension of the security zone to whole of North Atlantic west of longitude 25 degrees; informing the United Kingdom of the position of aggressor ships; escorting of British convoys. [see also CHAR 20/37/97]. 11 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/116-117 Telegram from WSC to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East [Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore] advising that evacuation of New Zealand, Australian and British troops from Tobruk [Libya] is important, and commenting on which war zones should receive priority, stating: "emphasis must be given to victory in Libya". 18 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/118 Note from WSC to General [Sir Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] for the Chiefs of Staff Committee sending on his telegram to [Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur] Longmore [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East, see CHAR 20/37/116-117], stating: "If you can improve on it let me know, otherwise despatch". 18 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/119-120 Telegram from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham], congratulating him on preventing landing of enemy supplies east of Benghazi [Libya]; expressing concern about a plan for evacuation of French ships from Alexandria [Egypt]. [see further CHAR 20/37/129]. 16 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/121 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on the difficulties of desert warfare and the need for cruiser tanks with greater speed and range ahead of infantry tanks. 18 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/122 Telegram from Sir [Michael] Palairet [British Minister to Greece] (Athens) to WSC postponing a report until after a meeting with General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/123 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC on a confidential query from [Cordell] Hull [Secretary of State, United States] on whether crews could be found for 25 or 50 destroyers for 2 to 3 months. [see further. 18 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/124 Telegram from WSC to Sir [Michael] Palairet [British Minister to Greece] (Athens) requesting the opinion of the Greek Government and/or King [George II] following a request by General [Alexander] Papagos for re-embarkation of British troops to "save Greece from devastation". 18 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/125 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] demanding more frequent reports on progress of fighting. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/126 Telegram from the [Major-General Edward] Spears Mission (Brazzaville [Congo]) to London passing on a message from General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] to WSC on negotiations between the Governors of Djibouti [French Somaliland] and Aden [later Yemen]; de Gaulle feels this may undermine relations with Free France and give the enemy a foothold. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/127-128 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC agreeing that communications have broken down, giving details of successful fighting in Greece. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/129 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean [Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham] to WSC commenting on Libya, Alexandria [Egypt] and the evacuation from Greece. [see CHAR 20/37/119-120 for WSC's telegram]. 20 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/130 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] (Cairo [Egypt]) asking for an update on negotiations between the Governors of Djibouti [French Somaliland] and Aden [later Yemen]; suggesting that Free French influence there will aid success in Syria. 20 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/131-134 Telegram from the [Major-General Edward] Spears Mission to the War Office passing on a message from General [Charles] de Gaulle [Chief of Free French] to WSC on intentions to increase Free French involvement in the Middle East theatre; stating that contact with Djibouti [French Somaliland] is vital. 19 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/135-136 Telegrams from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] advising, in retreat [from Greece] to withdraw men, and leave stores and vehicles, and that 307 tanks have been despatched, of which 99 are cruisers, personnel to follow. 22 Apr 1941
CHAR 20/37/137 Old file cover, annotated in various hands including WSC. Apr 1941