Official: Prime Minister: Personal Telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/39

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/40
Previous record: CHAR 20/38

Date: 21 May 1941 - 17 Jun 1941

Scope/content:

Other details

Access: Physical: 1 bound file (133 folios)
Publication: Alternative format:
Original Reference: T201 - T300 Language:

Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 20/39/1-4 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States ] reciting text of message from Wendell Wilkie [see CHAR 20/38/158 ], with cancelled draft reply from WSC to Wilkie responding in detail to Wilkie's comments about munitions and shipping and marked "submitted to President but cancelled", with actual reply from WSC to Wilkie, and with telegram from WSC to Roosevelt expressing anxiety about American position "Whatever happens you may be sure we shall fight on and I am sure we can at least save ourselves. But what is the good of that?". 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/5 Telegram from Chiang Kai-shek [President of China] to WSC thanking him for his goodwill towards China, wishing him success in frustrating aggression in Europe, and expressing his admiration. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/6 Text of most secret cipher telegram from unidentified sender to unidentified recipient advising the latter that arrangements will be made to meet any wish he may express to be relieved of his command if he finds himself "unwilling to give effect to it". The distribution list indicates that copies were restricted to WSC and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff [General Sir Alan Brooke]. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/39/7 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] reporting decision of Defence Committee that nothing in Syria must detract from the importance of winning the battle of Crete [Greece]; permits the mingling of British troops with the Free French who are to enter Syria, and states that Wavell is wrong in supposing that policy of 20th May over Syria arose from representations by the Free French leaders or Major General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle]. [first page only of longer telegram]. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/8 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on difficulties of unloading shipments of tanks. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/9 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] reciting text of message for Sir Gerald Campbell [British Minister in Washington] to be delivered to American Iron and Steel Institute's Annual Dinner conveying his greetings and gratitude to the American Iron and Steel industry. 21 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/10 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC advising that the training of pilots as arranged by General Henry Arnold [Chief of the United States Army Air Forces] can begin, and referring to supply of 6 additional small aircraft carriers. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/39/11-14 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] to WSC on impracticality of Free French plans; comments on German airforce established in Syria; expresses fears over Turkish complicity in German entry into Syria; refers to importance of holding Crete [Greece]; and comments on difficulty of holding Egypt against enemy air bases in Greece. 22 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/15 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell asking for further reinforcement of Crete [Greece]; stating that he will support Wavell's views above those of General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] in Syria; expressing hope that a regency will be established in Iraq; and reciting message of support for General Bernard Freyberg [Commander of Allied Forces in Crete]. 23 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/16 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] to WSC on imperial and metric shell sizes used by guns mounted on tanks. 23 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/17-21 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt commenting on the severity of the battle of Crete [Greece] and asking for sightings of German convoy including Bismarck and Prince Eugen recently departed from Bergen [Norway]. With memorandum on US naval patrols and U-Boat action in the Atlantic, with list of ships sunk west of 26 degrees west between 31 March and 20 May 1941. 20 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/22 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC on message delivered to Wendell Wilkie about co-operation between United States and British Governments, and commenting on Wilkie's attitude towards policy of President Roosevelt [see CHAR 20/38/158; CHAR 20/39/1-4]. 23 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/23 Telegram from WSC to Chiang Kai-Shek [President of China] thanking him for his message, expressing admiration, and ending: "The cause which inspires both our nations is just. We need not fear the outcome". 24 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/24-25 Telegram from Peter Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand at Cairo [Egypt],to WSC requesting extra naval and air support for General Bernard Freyberg [Commander Allied Forces in Crete] and New Zealand troops in Crete [Greece]. With attached filing slip, dated 24 October [?1941]. 24 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/26 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of New Zealand (Peter Fraser) advising that all possible air and naval support is being provided [for Allied forces in Crete, Greece]. 24 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/27 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt thanking him for his message about General Henry Arnold's [Chief of the United States Army Air Forces] pilot training programme and the provision of small aircraft carriers. 25 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/28 Telegram from Peter Fraser (Prime Minister of New Zealand, at Cairo [Egypt]) to WSC thanking him for his assurances about support for forces in Crete. 25 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/29 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on Situation in Crete [Greece], his meeting with General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French], flooding in Iraq, and work on tanks ("tiger cubs"). 25 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/30 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East]: "Hope you are preparing your desert stroke and that Tobruk [Libya] will not be idle". 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/31 Telegram from WSC to Commanders-in-Chief, Middle East [via General Sir Archibald Wavell] advising that victory in Crete [Greece] is essential. 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/32 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] to WSC advising consulting the British Ambassador to the United States [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin] before making decision on introducing conscription to Northern Ireland; as the issue is controversial in Canada and may affect Canadian unity. 25 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/33 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC: reporting that the defence of Crete [Greece] has collapsed and troops must be withdrawn. 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/34 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] to WSC regarding importance of advancing in Western desert to protect Tobruk [Libya] from bombing. 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/35 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC expressing the hope that WSC will like his speech and expressing pleasure on tracking down of the Bismarck. 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/36 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East]: comments that if the situation is hopeless in Crete [Greece], Wavell should concentrate on destroying Rommel's German forces in western desert; suggests Wavell should consider Replacing General Noel Beresford-Pierse with General Henry Wilson in Western Desert command. 28 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/37-38 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC with list of Equipment and munitions to be supplied to the Middle East by the United States. 28 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/39 Telegram from Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham [Commander-in- Chief, Mediterranean] and General William Platt [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, East African Command] to WSC thanking him for his message of support for the forces involved in the Italian East African campaign. 27 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/40 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [Robert Menzies] congratulating him on the success of his speeches on his Canadian and United States tour. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/41 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC on possible joint United States and British protection for the Portuguese Atlantic islands (Azores and Cape Verde); and the suggestion that United States might assume responsibility for occupation of Iceland, and that in the future American pilots might transport planes for Britain as far as Iceland. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/42 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on heavy losses in Crete [Greece]; General Noel Beresford-Pierse's local experience and likelihood of prolonged fighting in the Middle East. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/43 Telegram from Major-General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle], Palestine [later Israel], on the importance of transport of Free French troops to campaign in Syria. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/44 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] on the need to wrest Djibouti [Somaliland] from Vichy France, and asking that the blockade be maintained and that the moment for action be fixed only after consultation. 30 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/45 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt (despatched through United States Embassy): welcomes suggestion that the United States might take over responsibility for Iceland and stresses the "moral effect beyond its military importance" if it could be begun in the next three weeks or less; comments on the situation with regard to Spain and Portugal and outlines British plan to occupy the Grand Canary, the Cape Verde Islands and the Azores, as soon as Hitler obtains air bases in southern Spain or north Africa; welcomes collaboration of an American token force in occupation of these Atlantic Islands, and welcomes United States occupation of Dakar [Senegal]. 30 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/46-47 Telegram from WSC to Viceroy of India [Marquis of Linlithgow] questioning the proposed expansion of the Indian Executive Council if "It will not enhance our war effort [or] give real satisfaction"; and wondering whether the changes will be worth the trouble they will cause with Moslems and whether they will be repudiated by Indian parties. 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/48 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reporting that "United States warships are in fact cruising around the islands" [?Atlantic Islands, Azores and Cape Verde]. 30 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/49 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] to WSC thanking him for agreeing to broadcast on the launching of Canada's New War Loan. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/50-52 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC outlining proposal for United States military to assume responsibility for ferrying combat aircraft for Britain from production plant to delivery point for collection by RAF. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/53 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales, Governor of the Bahamas] to WSC reminding him of request for a Press Attache, preferably an expert in America. 29 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/54-56 Part only of telegram from WSC to [Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia] explaining failure to defend Crete [Greece] in terms of absence of air fields rather than lack of air strength, with filing note confirming that this can be shown to Stanley Bruce [High Commissioner for Australia in London]. Also with telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC suggesting that the decisive factor in Middle East is air strength; that Australia and New Zealand have high stake in preserving Greece and Suez; and that Turkey is vulnerable through German occupation of Syria. May 1941 - Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/57 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] reassuring him that Operation Jaguar will give Allied air superiority in Western desert. [May 1941]
CHAR 20/39/58 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC thanking him for his message of personal encouragement. 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/59 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] thanking him for his congratulations on the sinking of the Bismarck. 30 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/60 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt accepting reorganisation of aircraft delivery [see CHAR 20/39/52 for proposal]; and commenting on reasons for withdrawal from Crete [Greece]. 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/61 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] recommending Eric Seal, formerly Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary, now appointed Secretary of the Admiralty in Washington. 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/62 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] to WSC advising that blockade is best way of capturing Djibouti [French Somaliland] as assault would damage port and railway. 31 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/63 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador, to the United States] advising that it is more likely to take a year than a month to solve the problem of the "night raider" [see CHAR 20/39/101 for reply]. 01 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/64-65 Telegram from the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales, Governor of the Bahamas] to WSC regarding a cheque for £2,000 towards the war effort from the Erickson Brothers of West India Chemicals Ltd. 28 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/66 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt asking for Averell Harriman to be sent on an observation mission to Middle East to assess need for American civilian personnel to show Allied military how to use American tanks. 03 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/67 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East]asking what ground and air forces are being used for "Exporter" [code name for Allied and Free French advance into Syria] and "Bruiser" . 03 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/68-71 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] reciting telegram correspondence between himself and President Roosevelt and requesting co-operation with Roosevelt's proposal that United States aircraft for the RAF should be delivered via Canada. 02 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/72 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC promising to assist Eric Seal [formerly Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary, now appointed Secretary of the Admiralty in Washington]. 02 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/73-75 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] suggesting that his personal workload be lightened by creating an Intendant General of the Middle East, General Sir Robert Haining, to deal with administration of supplies and non-active manpower with Mr T. Westbrook to develop ports and transportation; also comments on further Divisions to be sent and Averell Harriman's mission to assess United States supplies. 04 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/76 Telegram from WSC to Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales, Governor of the Bahamas] asking him to convey thanks to the Erickson Brothers for their generous donation. 04 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/77-79 Telegram from Viceroy of India [Marquis of Linlithgow] to WSC reiterating need for expansion of his executive council and commenting in detail on implications and likely reactions. 03 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/80 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with complete list of material shipped to Britain from America for the Middle East, including ammunition, tanks and guns. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/81-83 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC listing ground and air forces used for "Exporter" [codename for Allied and Free French advance into Syria] and "Bruiser"; and complaining of BBC coverage of de Gaulle's [secret] trip to Palestine [later Israel]. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/84 Telegram from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] to WSC pledging Canadian commitment to Roosevelt's delivery of United States combat aircraft. 04 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/85-86 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC on the need to reinforce Cyprus or withdraw, and the question of whether Syria should be given priority over Egypt. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/87 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on local objections to General Georges Catroux's assumption of title "High Commissioner of Syria"; and noting that Edward Spears [Head of British Mission To General Charles de Gaulle] has failed to persuade de Gaulle to change the title. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/88 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] asking him not to insist on declaring General Georges Catroux High Commissioner of Syria. 06 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/89-90 Telegram from General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC on the undermining of the British guarantee to Syria by the Free French position regarding Syrian independence. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/91-92 Telegram from General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC on discussion with General de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French]regarding British support of the Free French in Syria despite their local unpopularity. 05 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/93 Telegram from WSC to General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] wishing him success in their joint venture in the Levant, promising not to exploit the tragic position of France, and pledging support for Free French grant of independence to Syria and the Lebanon. 06 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/94 Telegram from WSC to the Governor of Malta [General William Dobbie] expressing confidence and reassuring him that an attack on Malta does not seem imminent. 06 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/95 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] to WSC agreeing to style General Georges Catroux "Delegue et Plenipotentiare" in Syria, and promising to respect the neutrality of the states of Levant in return for a guarantee of the special interests of France, in order to maintain morale. 06 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/96 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC reiterating desire of Advisory War Council for increased air support [for Cyprus] or immediate withdrawal. 06 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/97 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] suggesting that their personal and confidential telegrams be coded "Winch"; stating that the outcome in Syria depends on "which way the two French cats jump" [Vichy and Free France]; and referring to operation "Jaguar". 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/98 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on advance into Syria and Free French assurances of independence for the Levant; and expressing thanks for Averell Harriman's mission to the Middle East. 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/99 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] thanking WSC for his message desiring mutual trust, and expressing Free French resolution to fight and conquer "at your side". 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/100 Telegram from General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC on belief of General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] that Vichy concessions to United States may be means of buying time for German plans for Syria; also comments on attitude of General Maxime Weygand which may be influenced by actions of Admiral Francois Darlan. 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/101 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC refuting what WSC's telegram reports as being attributed to him. [see CHAR 20/39/63 for WSC's initial rebuke]. 07 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/102 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt advising him of the meeting of Representatives of the Dominions and Allied Governments in London on 12 June; and suggesting United States association would add strength to the proceedings. 08 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/103 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC acknowledging WSC's telegram prefix of "Winch" and advising that he will use "Gordn". 08 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/104 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] thanking him for recent report but requesting details of air power, transport and reinforcements required, and reiterating that objective is not capturing targets but destruction of the armed forces of the enemy. 09 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/105 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt reciting text of joint declaration against aggression issued by the Governments of United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the Government of Belgium, the Provisional Czechoslovak Government, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Yugoslavia. 08 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/106 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] thanking him for his speech. 09 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/107 Telegram from General Edward Spears [Head of British Mission to General Charles de Gaulle] to WSC with message from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] refusing to allow French aviators to join RAF as they are deserters by French Law, and suggesting that the men in question are offered British nationality. 09 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/108 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC, reporting a secret message from President Roosevelt regarding the start of negotiations over the Lend-Lease Bill. 10 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/109-111 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC: comments on the Western Desert strength of Air Marshal Arthur Tedder; gives details of armed Battalion vehicles; states that he does not anticipate enemy will attack Tobruk [Libya]; argues that gaining territory is important to decrease enemy aircraft range. 10 May 1941
CHAR 20/39/112-113 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt welcoming his son to Britain and praising his plan to equip Bathurst airbase in Gambia to receive heavy United States bomber aircraft being ferried to Middle East as part of lend lease arrangements. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/114-115 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] commenting on the defence of Cyprus: explains that possession of the Syrian airfields is essential for retention of Cyprus; states that if Germans invade there are opportunities for retreat, guerrilla warfare from the mountains and evacuation. [Carbon with annotations in unknown hand]. 09 Jul 1941
CHAR 20/39/116 Telegram from WSC to Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward, Prince of Wales, Governor of the Bahamas] commenting on request for a press attache, and stating that Walter Monckton advise. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/117 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Personal Assistant and Aide to President of the United States] asking for information about immediate intentions which is missed in the absence of John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain]. [Typescript with annotations in unknown hand]. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/118 Telegram from WSC to Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] acknowledging the difficulty of travelling abroad but asking him to reconsider attending a meeting of heads of Allied governments to review strategy after two years of War. 11 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/119-120 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia to WSC regarding the Middle East, and asking for precise figures of aircraft and tank involved in Middle East warfare for meeting with Advisory War Council. [see CHAR 20/40/19 for reply]. 12 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/121 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] hoping he will accept the invitation to visit in the Summer [for the meeting of Allied governments]. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/122-123 Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC on behalf of Australian Advisory War Council reporting that the belief that Middle Eastern forces are ill equipped is having an adverse effect on recruiting, and asking for a message of reassurance that Britain is committed to the Middle East. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/124 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] promising response to his request [see CHAR 20/39/122-123]: "I hope to have some deeds not words To report to you soon". 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/125 Telegram from General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of the Free French] to WSC thanking him for recent declarations and speeches of support. He also comments on the situation in Syria and the Lebanon and states that it is developing favourably, and urges that any request by General Fernand Dentz [Vichy French High Commissioner in Syria] for an armistice be refused. 13 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/126 Telegram from WSC to Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] on start of attack in the west at dawn, following arrival of "Tiger" and "Jaguar" [Codenames for operations relating to reinforcements for Middle East]. [Jun 1941]
CHAR 20/39/127 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt: hopes for publicity for United States marines "taking over that cold place" [?Iceland]; refers to Vichy resistance in Syria; comments on effect of operations "Tiger" and "Jaguar" [codenames for operations to supply reinforcements to Middle East]; comments on imminent German onslaught on Soviet Union [information learned from Enigma decrypts]. 15 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/128 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] asking him to refute rumours of a go slow in Syria to avoid spilling French blood. [Corrected by WSC]. [see CHAR 20/39/130 for reply]. 16 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/129 Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC postponing attending meeting away from South Africa until the Mediterranean is stabilised; fears German offensive in North Africa so urges Allies to secure Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. 16 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/130 Telegram from General Albert Blamey [Deputy Commander -in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC explaining that the Allied forces [in Syria] cannot go faster due to strong [Vichy] resistance. [reply to CHAR 20/39/128 ]. 17 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/131-132 Telegram from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] asking him to contact Josiah Wedgwood on tour in America and enquire whether he would accept a Barony of the United Kingdom and represent Labour in the House of Lords; with reply of acceptance from Wedgwood. 14 Jun 1941
CHAR 20/39/133 Old file cover. Annotated with details of telegram correspondence with President Roosevelt. Jun 1941