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

Reference code: CHAR 20/74

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Date: 20 Apr 1942 - 08 May 1942

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CHAR 20/74/1 Old file cover. [Annotated with filing notes]. Apr 1942 - May 1942
CHAR 20/74/2 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton [Director General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] to WSC asking him to grant special additional quotas of immediate awards for gallantry in Malta. With annotation by WSC referring the matter to Sir Edward Bridges, Secretary to the War Cabinet, for action. 20 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/3 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] regarding continued diplomatic representation of Vichy France in Ottawa [Canada]: comments on the anxiety of Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to get rid of the Vichy Minister in South Africa but states that there would be no serious disadvantage to the adoption of a different policy in Canada. 21 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/4 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in- Chief, Middle East] to WSC regarding new anti tank weaponry. [See CHAR 20/73/139 for WSC's telegram]. 21 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/5 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC rejecting the idea of an immediate approach to Marshal Philippe Petain [Head of Vichy Government, France] and Admiral of the Fleet Jean Darlan [Commander-in-Chief of land, sea and air forces, Vichy]. [See CHAR 20/73/141 for WSC's telegram]. 22 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/6 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC giving details of the movement of American aircraft to India. 22 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/7 Telegram from 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] to WSC reporting on his arrival in the United States: hopes to arrange a meeting with the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]; intends to leave for Ottawa and Montreal [Canada] on Friday [24 April] and to return home on Saturday. 22 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/8-9 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC: expresses his delight at the agreement which was reached between General George Marshall [Chief of Staff, United States Army], Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to President Roosevelt] and WSC and the British military advisers, and comments on the adverse effect this may have on Hitler; comments on the war against Japan; comments on message from Joseph Stalin. 22 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/10 Telegram from Sir Archibald Clark Kerr [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union, later 1st Lord Inverchapel] to WSC reciting a message from Joseph Stalin regarding his decision to send Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs] to London. 22 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/11 Telegram from the Governor of Malta [Lieutenant- General Sir William Dobbie] regarding the need for "most drastic action" to gain and maintain air superiority if Malta is to be held; comments on recent Spitfire losses and the urgent need for supplies. 23 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/12 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] reporting from Colombo on his visit to Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]. 23 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/13 Telegram from Sir Archibald Clark Kerr [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union, later 1st Lord Inverchapel] to WSC reciting a message from Joseph Stalin of 22 April regarding chemical weapons: thanks WSC for his willingness to issue a warning against the use of poison gases by Germany and Finland; details quantities of hypochloride of calcium, chloramine and liquid chlorine required by the Soviet Union; proposes to send Andrei Georgiyevich Kasatkin (Deputy Peoples Commissar of Chemical Industry) to London. 23 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/14 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta] stating that there has been no intrigue against him and informing him of decision to send Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 5th Lord Salisbury] to Malta to talk everything over. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/15 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] asking him whether he is prepared to reconsider his decision not to make "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar] a joint Anglo - American enterprise now that Pierre Laval has assumed power in Vichy France. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/16 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta] to WSC thanking him for his telegram and stating that he will welcome Lord Cranborne [Secretary of State for the Colonies, later 5th Lord Salisbury]. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/17 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta] informing him of the Cabinet decision to send Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] to Malta. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/18 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: comments on the contents of immediately following telegram [see CHAR 20/74/19-21]; comments on the situation in Malta and asks if USS Wasp can be used to carry Spitfire reinforcements; accepts proposals about dispositions of American heavy ships in the Atlantic. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/19-21 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding immediate plans: comments on Malta, operation "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar], the Home Fleet, the Eastern Fleet, and the possibility of Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet] escorting a major convoy to Malta. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/22 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] and Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] sending his greetings on Anzac day: "We can never forget the great comradeship of Gallipoli [Turkey] with its imperishable memories.". 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/23 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] informing him of the impending arrival in London of Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs] and proposing that he suggest to Molotov that he should go on to Washington [United States] before anything is signed. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/24 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking him to damp down rumours of an impending South African occupation of Madagascar. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/25 Telegram from WSC to Sir Walter Monckton [Director General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] informing him of the visit to Malta by Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] and of a complaint of intrigue by the Governor of Malta [Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie], and asking him to remain in Cairo. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/26 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] enclosing the text of a message issued by him on behalf of WSC for the Anzac dinner that night. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/27 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC confirming that USS Wasp is to be made available for a second trip with Spitfires to Malta and on the improving naval situation. 25 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/28-29 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC regarding accumulations of shipping for the Soviet Union and asking if more ships can be carried in the next convoys in order to clear this up. 25 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/30 Telegram from WSC to Sir Archibald Clark Kerr [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union, later 1st Lord Inverchapel] reciting a message from WSC to Joseph Stalin welcoming the visit by Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs]. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/31 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] advising that the time has come for the Canadian Government to terminate their relations with Vichy France. 24 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/32 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] regarding plans to attack Madagascar (operation "Ironclad"): suggests the possibility of amphibious operations against Tamatave and Majunga once established at Diego Suarez; expresses gratitude for Smuts's offer of a bomber squadron and states that he will cable again on the question of the subsequent garrison of "Ironclad". 25 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/33 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] thanking him for his previous communication [see CHAR 20/74/27]. 25 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/34 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton [Director General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] to WSC commenting on his observations on the Governor of Malta [Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie] and expressing his concern that the decision to send the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to Malta will delay the Governor's removal. 25 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/35 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] reciting remarks from the Cape Argus and the Natal Mercury quoted in the Observer newspaper suggesting action against Madagascar and Vichy France: "I need scarcely say what deep anxiety these statements give me.". 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/36 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, asking for his comments on the discrepancy between his estimate of German tank numbers in Eastern Cyrenaica [Libya] and the number identified by special information [? Enigma]. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/37 Telegram from WSC to Sir Walter Monckton [Director General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] regarding the position of Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta]; explains the reasons behind the decision to send a member of the War Cabinet to Malta and accuses Monckton of a considerable delay in apprising the Cabinet of his views. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/38 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States] replying to his telegram about shipping accumulations for the Soviet Union [see CHAR 20/74/28-29]: states that Averell Harriman [United States representative in London of Combined Shipping Adjustment board] has been given full information on numbers of convoys and cargo ships and that the Soviets are being asked to help with protection for convoys. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/39-40 Telegram from WSC to Generalissimo Chiang-Kai-shek [Chinese Nationalist Leader] thanking him for his telegram about the state of affairs in Burma and commenting on the difficulties in providing air support. [See CHAR 20/73/120-123 for Chiang-Kai-shek's telegram]. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/41-44 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] regarding the naval position in the Far East: describes ship movements and losses between 4 April and 9 April resulting from Japanese raids on Colombo [Ceylon, later Sri Lanka] and Trincomalee [Ceylon]; comments on the relative strengths of Britain, the United States and Japan in aircraft carriers, aircraft and personnel; comments on future policy on the Eastern Fleet. 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/45 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC thanking him for his Anzac day message. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/46-47 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC expressing his concern over plans to limit shipments of supplies to the Soviet Union: asks WSC to review the size of immediate convoys; hopes that Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] will avoid giving the Soviet Ambassador [Ivan Maisky] any flat statement about the limit to the number of ships that can be convoyed; "It seems to me that any word reaching [Joseph] Stalin at this time that our supplies were stopping for any reason would have a most unfortunate effect". 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/48 Telegram from WSC to Joseph Stalin thanking him for his message of 22 April [on chemical weapons, see CHAR 20/74/13] and confirming that the British Government will be happy to receive Andrei Georgiyevich Kasatkin [Deputy Peoples Commissar of Chemical Industry]. 26 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/49 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC apologising for embarrassing press statements about Madagascar but explaining that lack of an internal press censorship institution means that he can only proceed by private persuasion and warning: "Existence of openly hostile press adds to my difficulties.". 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/50a-b Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC explaining his reasons for asking the War Office to clarify "special information" [? Enigma] regarding the number of Axis tanks serviceable on 21 April. 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/51 Telegram from Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] (Washington [United States]) to WSC advising him of his plans to arrive in Britain on Wednesday 29 April and to see WSC on Thursday. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/52 Telegram from WSC to the Viceroy [and Governor- General] of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] expressing concern over poor progress in the construction of aerodromes in India and asking the Viceroy to look into the civil aspects of the question. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/53 Telegram from Sir Walter Monckton [Director General of British Propaganda and Information Services, Cairo, Egypt] to WSC regarding his decision to recommend a change of Governor in Malta and explaining his actions between 13 April and 20 April. 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/54-55 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding shipments of supplies to the Soviet Union: comments on logistics of convoy sizes and tonnage; makes a recommendation for working off the present accumulation held in Iceland; "We are at our utmost strain for convoy escorts.". 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/56-58 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC outlining the situation in India, Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] and Burma: comments on air strength; comments on the naval situation; comments on the defence of Ceylon; comments on difficulties in Burma and implications with regard to China; "Our tails are well up but not wagging very much as yet.". 27 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/59-60 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia to WSC supporting a request by General Douglas MacArthur [Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces, South West Pacific] for reinforcements; comments on the levels of forces from the United States in the South West Pacific; supports the request of General MacArthur for the temporary diversion to Australia of British forces rounding the Cape in late April and early May; supports the request of General MacArthur for an aircraft carrier and an additional allocation of shipping on the Australia-United States run. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/61-62 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] urging American participation in "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar]; asks Roosevelt to authorise leaflets [showing support for the operation], to send a token United States detachment to join the occupying forces, to inform the Vichy government of his support for the operation, and to make this communication with Vichy public; suggests text of communication to Vichy. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/63 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King]: "We are all cheered and fortified by the memorable decision which Canada has taken at what may well be the hinge of the war." [Annotated "Re Conscription"]. 29 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/64-66 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] to WSC regarding "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar]: encloses text of that night's speech referring to the recent change of power in Vichy France and stating that "The United Nations will take measures if necessary to prevent the use of French territory in any part of the world for military purposes by the Axis powers"; states that he fully approves WSC's third and fourth suggestions [of showing public support for the operation, see CHAR 20/74/61-62] and will send a communication to the French Ambassador on the morning of zero day with a statement that American troops and ships will use "Ironclad" [Madagascar] if it proves necessary for the defeat of the Axis powers. 29 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/67 Telegram from Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] (Washington [United States]) to WSC regretting that it is now impossible for him to leave for Britain until Friday. 28 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/68 Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States] regarding the illness of Averell Harriman [United States representative in London of Combined Shipping Adjustment Board] which is suspected to be paratyphoid. 29 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/69 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC asking for information on the illness of Averell Harriman [United States representative in London of Combined Shipping Adjustment Board]. 29 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/70-72 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: thanks Roosevelt for his telegram about "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar] and for the use of USS Wasp; comments on the arrival of General Henri Giraud at Vichy [France]; comments on "desperate attacks" on the Tirpitz at Trondheim [Norway] and German retaliation against British towns near the coast; gives details of recent German aircraft losses over Norwich [Norfolk] and York; comments on a telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] regarding the request of General Douglas MacArthur [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in South West Pacific] for the temporary diversion of British divisions to Australia and for an aircraft carrier and an additional allocation of shipping; asks if General MacArthur has any authority from the United States for taking such a line and states that Britain is unable to meet these demands. 29 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/73 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC regarding convoys to the Soviet Union: states that Admiral Ernest King [Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] is communicating with Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound [1st Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff] regarding a further convoy in May; expresses his anxiety that ships should not be unloaded and reloaded in Britain; comments on the problem of moving 107 ships from Britain and the United States prior to 1 June. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/74 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC expressing confidence that the visit of Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] will be mutually beneficial and confirming that Evatt will be the accredited representative of the Australian Government at meetings of the War Cabinet and Pacific War Council. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/75 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] regarding the figures for strength of the German Afrika Army contained in the latest most secret information. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/76 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia]: "We shall all be very glad to welcome Dr. Evatt." [Herbert Evatt, Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General]. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/77-78 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] commenting on the request of General Douglas MacArthur [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in South West Pacific] for British divisions and marine assistance: argues that only a heavy mass invasion of Australia would justify the diversion of British divisions rounding the Cape and states that the danger to India has increased; states that the arrangements proposed by General MacArthur would seem to involve the maximum expenditure and dislocation; states that it is hoped to relieve the Australian troops in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] by the end of May; states that none of the three armoured aircraft carriers can be taken from the Eastern Fleet without destroying its chances of fighting a fleet action whilst the small carrier HMS Hermes has been sunk; comments on his inability to increase the British allocation of shipping on the Australia- United States run due to heavy commitments elsewhere. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/79-80 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt to WSC commenting on the Australian request for British divisions and additional marine assistance and also stating that he has had no official information concerning General Henri Giraud's alleged escape; states that John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] has probably made the request on his own responsibility based upon conversations with General Douglas MacArthur [Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in the South West Pacific]; comments on the proper channel for requests for reinforcements and on requests received from General MacArthur; agrees that the two British divisions should go to India and hopes that the Australians will not request the return home of the 9th Australian Division. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/81 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] explaining why claims for reinforcements in the Far East cannot be met; comments on his subsequent telegram containing an appreciation by the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Tovey] [on the naval situation, see CHAR 20/74/82-83]; comments on a request by John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] for the diversion of two British divisions to Australia; comments on a proposed attempt to relieve Malta; asks Wavell to convey the substance of this communication to [Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton] Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/82-83 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, reciting an appreciation of 22 April 1942 by the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Tovey]: Tovey comments on the German Fleet, the importance of the sea approaches to the British Isles and the possibility of withdrawal of United States naval forces; concludes that British forces in home waters must be strong enough to retain control and be able to engage German Fleet; comments on the adverse effect of a proposed distribution of forces which would leave only one British battleship in home waters. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/84-85 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, reciting the text of a telegram of 28 Apr 1942 from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC requesting reinforcements [see CHAR 20/74/59-60]. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/86-87 Telegram from the Viceroy [and Governor-General] of India, [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC regarding aerodrome construction in India. 30 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/74/88 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton [Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon,] asking or a report on the reinforcement and strengthening of Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] since the attack on Colombo. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/89 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] thanking him for his message and assuring him that they will examine the proposals of Admiral Ernest King [Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] with the utmost care the moment they arrive. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/90 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC, thanking him for his telegram of 30 Apr 1942 and stating that he has noted enemy intentions regarding reinforcements. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/91-92 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar]: outlines the terms that the Force Commander [Rear-Admiral (Edward) Neville Syfret] should put to the Governor of Madagascar [Armand Annet]; states that he is including a statement that the operation has the full support of the United States; comments on arrangements for delivering a message from Roosevelt to Marshal Philippe Petain [Head of Vichy Government, France] or Pierre Laval [Prime Minister of France]. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/93-94 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, regarding the effect of "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar] on troop reinforcements for India. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/95 Telegram from Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] (Washington [United States]) to WSC informing him that his departure has been delayed due to weather conditions. 01 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/96-97 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] opposing American proposals for increasing convoys to the Soviet Union: argues that a reduction in transatlantic escorts might have "disastrous consequences"; argues that the difficulty of Soviet convoys cannot be solved merely by anti-submarine craft and describes recent loss and damage to British ships; states that six ships from Iceland have already arrived at the Clyde [Scotland] and that three convoys every two months "represent extreme limit of what we can handle.". 02 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/98 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India, stating that General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma] should be ordered to return to India as soon as his command falls below the level of a division. 03 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/99-100 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC complaining that he is not being kept sufficiently informed about decisions affecting India; comments on the inability of R class battleships to face the Japanese fleet; states that he was not consulted about "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar] and comments on the need for the 5th Division in India. 02 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/101-104 Telegram from Admiral Geoffrey Layton [Commander-in- Chief, Ceylon] reporting on progress in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] since 5 April 1942: outlines reinforcements and withdrawals; describes defensive works and reports on the RDF [Radio Direction Finder] situation; comments on aerodrome facilities and the likely zone of the main enemy landing; reports present airforce and army dispositions. 02 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/105 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC agreeing to acquiesce to British views regarding Soviet convoys; hopes that Britain will be able to keep convoys at a strength of thirty five ships and proposes to press the Soviet Union to reduce requirements as "Bolero" [codename for preparations for the main invasion of France] will require all possible munitions and shipping. 03 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/106 Telegram from WSC to Governor of Burma [Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith] ordering him to return by air to India "If and when you feel you cannot do any good by remaining". Repeated to Viceroy and Governor-General of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] with a request to pass a copy of the telegram to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India]. 03 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/107 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] to WSC suggesting that his position as Ambassador would become very difficult if 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] were given a permanent job in Washington. 02 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/108 Hand-written note indicating that telegram T 677/2 was sent as T 687/2. May 1942
CHAR 20/74/109 Telegram from the Governor of Burma [Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith] to WSC stating that he will leave Burma at dawn on 5 May 1942: "With a very heavy heart I will obey your orders.". 03 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/110 Telegram marked "Hush - Most Secret" from Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] (Malta) to WSC reporting on the personalities of the commanders in Malta: states that Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie should be replaced as Governor by General 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker] and explains the reason; comments on the Service Commanders, Major-General Daniel Beak [General Officer Commanding, Malta], Vice-Admiral Ralph Leatham [Flag Officer in charge, Malta] and Air Vice- Marshal Hugh Lloyd [Air Officer Commanding, Malta] and the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir Edward Jackson; recommends that Lord Gort take up the appointment without delay and suggests that he bring Malta's George Cross with him. 03 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/111 Telegram marked "Hush - Most Secret" from Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] (Malta) to WSC suggesting that Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta] be appointed chairman of a small committee to deal with Malta in London. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/112-113 Telegram marked "Hush - Most Secret" from Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] (Malta) to WSC regarding the supply of reinforcements and provisions to Malta and outlining the importance of achieving air superiority. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/114 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] stating that he cannot extract General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma] from Burma until he reaches Kalewa. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/115 Telegram from WSC to General 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker] appointing him as Governor, Commander- in-Chief, and Supreme Commander of Malta. Annotated "Despatched through 'C'" [Major-General Stewart Menzies, Head of Secret Intelligence Service, MI6]. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/116 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie relieving him of his position as Governor of Malta. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/117 Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] regarding his recommendations for Malta: refers to appended telegrams regarding the change of Governor [see CHAR 20/74/115 and CHAR 20/74/116]; states that General 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker]'s arrival in Malta [as Governor] cannot be delayed but that the George Cross will be sent on as fast as possible. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/118 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton (Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]) thanking him for his report. 04 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/119-121 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India: undertakes to keep Wavell more fully informed of the whole picture and states that Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] has responsibility for this; comments on "Operation Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar]; comments on naval strength in the Indian Ocean; comments on the effect of damage to HMS King George V and the presence of the German battleship Tirpitz in Trondheim [Norway]; comments on the easing of the situation in Malta. 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/122 Telegram from General 6th Lord Gort [Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, earlier John Vereker] to WSC acknowledging contents of his telegram of 4 May 1942 [ordering him to take up the post of Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta, see CHAR 20/74/115]. 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/123 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [Governor of Malta] to WSC acknowledging contents of his telegram of 4 May 1942 [relieving him of command, see CHAR 20/74/116]. 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/124 Telegram from Richard Casey [Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC containing proposals clarifying the relationship between General 6th Lord Gort, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Malta [earlier John Vereker], the Middle East Defence Committee, the Commanders-in- Chief in Egypt, and the Service Commanders on Malta. 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/125-126 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, commenting on the improving situation and declining Auchinleck's offer to denude the Middle East further for the sake of India; comments on the war in the Far East, the possibility of the Japanese menacing Port Moresby [Papua] and Darwin [Australia], and the Japanese reinforcement of the Russian - Manchurian front; comments on reasons for believing that a heavy invasion of India is not imminent and describes the strengthening British position in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]; comments on to-day's occupation of Diego Suarez [Madagascar]; comments on the easing crisis in Malta; "we feel that the greatest help you could give to the whole war at this juncture would be to engage and defeat the enemy on your Western front.". 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/127 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC commenting on "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Diego Suarez, Madagascar], the situation in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] and Burma, General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding, Burma], and the defence of India. 05 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/128 Telegram from WSC to Lieutenant-General Sir William Dobbie [outgoing Governor of Malta] asking him to report personally on his return. 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/129 Telegram from Premier Joseph Stalin to WSC requesting his help in escorting steamers containing important war materials from Iceland to the Soviet Union. 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/130-131 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC, reporting on the views of the Commanders-in-Chief, General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East], Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF, Middle East] and Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Pridham-Wippell [Second in Command, Mediterranean Fleet], particularly Auchinleck, with regard to the need for a postponement of projected land operations in Cyrenaica [Libya]. 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/132 Telegram from John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC thanking him for his cablegram and promising to do his utmost to defeat the enemies of the Allies. 06 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/133 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC noting his advice on various requests and expressing gratitude that Australian troops in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] will be relieved about the end of May. 07 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/134 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] stating that his communication of 6 May is being considered by the Chiefs of Staff and the War Cabinet and that "all preparations for offensive as previously contemplated should continue.". 07 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/135 Telegram from WSC for General 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker] appointing him as Governor and Commander-in- Chief on Malta and setting out the terms of his appointment. Repeated to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] and the three Service Commander-in-Chiefs, Middle East [General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF, Middle East and ? Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Pridham-Wippell, Second in Command, Mediterranean Fleet]. 07 May 1942
CHAR 20/74/136 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: "Delighted to hear your good news from the Solomons" [victory over Japanese invasion fleet]. 08 May 1942