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

Reference code: CHAR 20/76

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Date: 12 Jun 1942 - 21 Jun 1942

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CHAR 20/76/1 Old file cover. Annotated. Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/2-3 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" reciting the text of a telegram of 6 June from Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] containing French counter proposals and amendments to the text of the agreement regarding Madagascar. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/4 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" reciting the text of a telegram of 06 Jun from Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land operations during occupation of Madagascar] stating that Barnett has returned with the French reply from the Governor-General of Madagascar [Armand Annet]. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/5 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" reciting text of telegram of 7 June from Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] reporting on the progress of talks between Barnett and French officials in Madagascar. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/6 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" reciting the text of a telegram of 7 June from Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] reporting his observations on French proposals regarding the Madagascar agreement. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/7-8 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" reciting the second part of a telegram of 7 June [see also CHAR 20/76/5] from Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] regarding negotiations with the Vichy French authorities in Madagascar. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/9 Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC marked "secret" informing him that there is no truth in the rumour that Roosevelt has invited Shri Jawaharlal Nehru to the United States, stating that Lieutenant-Colonel Louis Johnson [Personal representative of Roosevelt in India] is ill and has no plans to return to India, and congratulating WSC on Saturday night's show [? the bombing of Cologne, Germany]. 01 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/10 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" congratulating WSC on the blitz on Cologne [Germany] and commenting on the battle in Libya and the enemy submarine attack at Diego Suarez [Madagascar]. 01 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/11-14 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief Middle East] and Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mediterranean] to WSC marked "most secret" reciting the proposed text for his communique and describing fully the progress of the battle in the desert in Libya from 26 May. 01 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/15 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret" containing additional information for the communique on the progress of the battle in Libya: praises Lieutenant- General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] and his Corps Commanders, Lieutenant-General [Charles] Willoughby Norrie [General Officer Commanding 30 Corps, Eighth Army] and Lieutenant-General William Gott; mentions the excellent performance of the Grant tanks and 6 pounder anti-tank gun; refers to the capture and escape of Major-General Frank Messervy (Commander, 7th Armoured Division). 01 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/16 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" informing him of the proposal to appoint a resident minister of Cabinet rank in West Africa. 02 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/17 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] regarding keeping William Rootes at the Ministry of Supply. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/18 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] and Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mediterranean] marked "most secret" stressing the vital importance of the convoys to Malta and asking them to take all steps to enable air escorts to be operated from landing grounds as far west as possible including Martubah [Libya]. 02 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/19 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] thanking him for news about USS Washington and confirming that HMS Rodney can now sail forthwith. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/20 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] marked "secret" regarding the appointment of Stanley Bruce [High Commissioner for Australia in Britain] as accredited representative of the Australian government to the British War Cabinet and the Pacific Council: wants to avoid a position where other dominion governments might feel bound to nominate their High Commissioners and so asks if Bruce can be relieved of the routine functions of High Commissioner. 02 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/21 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] marked "most secret" thanking him for his telegram which is "yet another example of the consistently helpful and generous attitude which your Government never fail to adopt however difficult the circumstances.". 02 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/22 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" expressing delight at the invitation of the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to Smuts and suggesting that he travel to the United States after visiting London. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/23 Telegram from the Commanders-in-Chief in the Middle East to WSC asking him to convey their thanks to King George VI for his message and expressing confidence in the abilities of Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army], the Eighth Army, the Royal Navy and the RAF. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/24 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] marked "personal" thanking him for the souvenir sent with his letter of 7 May. Initialled. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/25-26 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the provision of bombers to protect the Malta convoys: notes the impossibility of sending required air forces; believes that the Liberators intended for India can be used for a limited time in Egypt and proposes to authorise holding these aircraft; states that the American Liberator squadron sent to operate against Ploesti [Romania] has begun to arrive and asks WSC to ask the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] whether it can be used to help the convoys. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/27 Telegram from the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] to WSC confirming that he will relieve Stanley Bruce of his routine functions as High Commissioner [for Australia in Britain] while he is the accredited representative of the Australian government to the British War Cabinet and the Pacific Council, and announcing that a statement to this effect will be made in the Australian parliament emphasising Bruce's special position as a former Australian Prime Minister. Despatched: 4 June Australian time; received: 3 June British time. 03 Jun 1942 - 04 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/28-29 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the possibility of an Allied counter offensive in Burma and commenting on the problems of an early offensive. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/30 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) to WSC marked "most secret" agreeing to leave the matter relating to William Rootes [Ministry of Supply] until his return from the United States: fears that the incident will undermine his authority over the Production Ministers; states that he will be in the United States for about nine days and asks for "any hot news" for a proposed broadcast about Tuesday next. 03 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/31-33 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] reporting on the situation in Madagascar: comments on the decision to put off operations against Tamatave and Majunga; comments on the state of political negotiations with the French Governor [Armand Annet] at Tananarive; comments on naval, army and air forces; comments on the logistical problems of attacking and occupying Tamatave and Majunga and suggests that the best time for such an attack would be after 24 July if no arrangement had been reached with the local government; asks for Smuts's views and suggests that Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] should fly to South Africa or Smuts visit Diego Suarez. 04 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/34-36 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] reciting text of an aide memoire sent to the French Governor-General [Armand Annet] by Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] suggesting acceptable terms of agreement. 04 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/37 Telegram from the Viceroy [and Governor-General] of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to WSC thanking him for his telegrams and stating that he is glad that WSC has good news of Randolph Churchill. 04 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/38 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, regarding the "invaluable help" given by John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain] in securing the treaty with the Soviet Union. 04 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/39 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC expressing his grave concerns about the weakness of the air forces in South Africa and Madagascar: stresses the importance of defending the Cape and calls for more equipment and aircraft without further delay. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/40 Amendment to telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC [see CHAR 20/76/39]: "The critical value of Durban dock also must be very well known to the enemy.". 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/41 Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "secret" commenting on his telegram of 3 June [see CHAR 20/76/25-26]. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/42 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, to WSC marked "secret priority" informing him that the "Two distinguished visitors" departed Washington [United States] at noon on 4 June. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/43-44 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] marked "most secret": asks to be sent the plan for the counter offensive in Upper Burma; comments on communications between Wavell and Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet]; expresses concern that Wavell has received news of damage to HMS Ramillies in Madagascar as this was to be kept secret; states that there was never any intention of sending all the landing craft and troops used in "Ironclad" [codename for operation against Madagascar] to Australia; comments on a malaria outbreak among 13th Brigade. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/45-46 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] to WSC marked "most secret" reciting the proposed text of an agreement between Britain and the United States regarding the creation of a Combined Production and Resources Board. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/47 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" approving of the idea of sending a Cabinet Representative to West Africa and outlining his reasons. 05 Jun 1942 - 06 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/48 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the situation in Madagascar: regrets the delay in the occupation of other ports in Madagascar and hopes that this will be possible by the end of July or beginning of August; expresses misgivings about leaving Major-General Robert Sturges in sole command of operations and suggests that Lieutenant- General Sir William Platt [General Officer Commanding- in-Chief East African Command] be sent to Madagascar and that Sturges and Platt discuss plans with Smuts; comments on the difficulties of getting fighter aircraft across to Madagascar from Tanganyika [Tanzania]; stresses the urgency of sending adequate bomber and fighter aircraft to South Africa. 05 Jun 1942 - 06 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/49 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on his double invitation to visit Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] in the United States and WSC in London and explaining why he cannot commit himself to a definite date. 05 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/50 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief Middle East] and Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mediterranean] marked "most secret" confirming that they appreciate the value of operating aircraft to support the Malta convoy from bases as far west as possible and that the necessary measures are being taken. 05 Jun 1942 - 06 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/51 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] to WSC asking for his approval of the proposal to create a combined Production and Resources Board. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/52 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] to WSC: states that he has delivered the Joint Protocol of supplies for July 1942 to June 1943 to Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs] and that copies have been given to the appropriate British representatives in Washington [United States]; comments on Molotov's visit to the United States; expresses concern about the Russian Front and states that he will be sending WSC a specific proposal; comments on the battle with the Japanese fleet in the Pacific [at Midway]. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/53 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "most secret" to WSC thanking him for his communication of 5 June 1942. 06 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/54 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, marked "personal and secret" confirming that he has telegraphed Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] approving the proposals for a combined Production and Resources Board. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/55 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) marked "most secret" approving his proposals [for the creation of a combined Production and Resources Board between Britain and the United States]. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/56 Telegram from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin] to WSC marked "personal" informing him that Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] has returned to the United States after his visit to Britain in "very good temper" and speaking warmly of WSC. 06 Jun 1942 - 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/57 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most secret" asking for estimates of losses and reinforcements in the battle zone [Libya] on both sides. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/58-62 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret" outlining equipment deficiencies in the Middle Eastern theatre: comments on aircraft, aircraft spares, incendiary ammunition, transport, anti-aircraft artillery, signal resources, tank ammunition, and spares for American tanks. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/63 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) to WSC marked "most secret" informing him that publication [regarding the creation of the combined Production and Resources Board] may be delayed until Tuesday [9 June]. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/64 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret" informing him that it is difficult to get an accurate estimate of losses while the battle [in Libya] still rages, but that he hopes to send a reasonable estimate tomorrow or next day: "We know we have had heavy losses but so has the enemy and so far he has little to show for it strategically.". 08 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/65-66 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most secret and personal" informing him of decision to divert the 8th Armoured Division and the 44th Division from South Africa to the Middle East, and commenting on reasons why these troops are no longer required in Australia or India. 09 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/67 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" opposing the plan by the United States to give priority to aircraft production for their own units: states that South Africa has thousands of trained men who only await aircraft; claims that South Africa needs aircraft for coastal defence and that politically it would be impossible to hand this task over to American units; offers to cable Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] to explain the difficulties; "America cannot appreciate far reaching implications of proposed step on duration of the War". 09 Jun 1942 - 10 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/68-69 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the need for co-ordination of plans with the Soviet Union against the possibility of a German attack through the Caucasus in the autumn and suggesting ways in which the political obstacles might be overcome. 09 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/70-71 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief Middle East] and Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Mediterranean] to WSC marked "most secret" on problems in obtaining accurate information about army losses; estimating Allied losses of 10,000 men (8,000 of whom are believed to have been taken prisoner), enemy prisoners of 3,993, enemy tank losses of 400, Allied tank losses of 350; and giving details of reinforcements to the Eighth army and enemy and Allied air losses. 10 Jun [1942]
CHAR 20/76/72 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret and personal": thanks WSC for his telegram and good wishes; comments on plans to divert the 8th Armoured and 44th Divisions to the Middle East; comments on the fact that he may be required to send an Indian Armoured Brigade and an Indian Infantry Division to India, and on the lack of troops to defend Persia [Iran], Iraq and Syria in the event of a German attack. 10 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/73 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" stating that he has appealed to Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] personally [regarding the decision by the United States to give priority to aircraft production for American units] and hopes for a compromise. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/74-76 CHAR 20/76/75: telegram from WSC to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "personal" regarding military co-ordination with the Soviet Union against the possibility of a German attack through the Caucasus and stating that it was "not possible to come to grips with the Russians" on the points mentioned by Casey but that relations have become more intimate and that he believes that the Germans will not have a smooth or rapid advance into the Caucasus. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/77 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "personal and secret" regarding the battle in Libya: thanks Auchinleck for his facts and figures; argues that "we have no reason to fear a prolonged bataille d'usure" in view of superior communications and impending reinforcements; comments favourably on recovery work and reduced estimate of sorties against "Vigorous" [codename for Eastern Mediterranean Convoy to Malta]; offers compliments to Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army]. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/78 Telegram from Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] to WSC: states that he is about to leave Washington [United States] for Australia; reports on meeting Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission to Washington, United States]; comments on reaction in the United States to the battle of Midway and asks whether it may not be possible to strike the enemy harder in the Pacific "now that he is groggy"; asks WSC to tell Brendon [? Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information] that he has been elected as future Vice-President of Oldtimers (Australia) Incorporated. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/79 Telegram from WSC to Alexis Leger ["St-John Perse"] marked "personal and secret" asking him to accept the invitation of General Charles de Gaulle [leader of the Free French] to come to Britain and join the Free French National Committee. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/80 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] marked "personal and secret" to WSC thanking him for his "most encouraging and understanding telegram" and commenting on allied losses. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/81 Telegram from WSC to Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] marked "personal and secret": "Every good wish to you and W.S. from all friends here.". 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/82 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) marked "secret and personal" congratulating him on his speech and asking him when he is coming home. 11 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/83-85 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" regarding operations against the Japanese in Burma: comments on difficulties facing the enemy in Upper Burma; outlines his general idea to operate in a series of small columns on a wide front and lists three objectives; comments on diversions and possible date for operations; outlines difficulties hampering operations including poor communications, labour and personnel problems, the unhealthy climate, the need for training, and range of aircraft; states that he has not yet considered the question of Chinese co-operation; lists three main requirements for aircraft, equipment to improve communications, and equipment to make a portion of a parachute bridge operational. 09 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/86-87 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the situation in Madagascar: states that he is sending Smuts the telegrams he has received from Major- General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces during occupation of Madagascar] [see CHAR 20/76/2-8]; comments on the role of Sturges; states that Lieutenant- General Sir William Platt [General Officer Commanding- in-Chief East African Command] has been instructed to visit Diego Suarez and thereafter to visit Smuts with Sturges; outlines three possible courses of action in Madagascar and comments on the advantages and disadvantages of each. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/88 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] marked "personal" inquiring whether the Hurricanes with the 40 mm guns and the Puff Balls have been used against enemy tanks. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/89 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt to WSC: "Grand. The quicker the better including the receiver's wife." [? Reply to suggestion by WSC that he visit Roosevelt]. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/90-92 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC reporting on his negotiations regarding the creation of the combined Production and Resources Board and asking for permission to extend his visit in order to finish the job. 11 Jun 1942 - 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/93 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) marked "personal" stating that he "would do well to come back Monday as planned" but leaving it up to Lyttelton and asking for a final date. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/94 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "personal" asking for the locations and state of 1st and 7th Armoured Brigades. Annotated in pencil: "Chaser deleted all reference to 7th Armd Bde 0Z.472". 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/95-96 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] marked "secret and personal" outlining his "purely personal" ideas for offensive action in Burma: states that minor operations are "useful nibbling" but outlines plan for the capture of Rangoon [Burma] and Moulmein [Burma] and thereafter striking at Bangkok [Siam, later Thailand]; states that there would be no possibility of any large operation if the Allies are beaten in the Caucasus or Libya; comments on Japanese losses and likely intentions; states that the Fleet and Air Force would be used with resolution to support any large offensive from India. 12 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/97-98 Telegram from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC marked "secret" regarding the re-allocation of aircraft from the United States: states that he is in full accord with the agreement that has been reached between Air Vice-Marshal John Slessor [Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Policy)] and General Henry Arnold [Chief of United States Army Air Force] regarding the allocation of aircraft from the United States to American crews and comments on exceptions; feels that the United States fighter force required for use with bombardment cannot be cut further and comments on implications; comments on plan to distribute American units throughout Britain, the Middle East and India. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/99-100 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] marked "personal and secret" advising him of his intention to come and visit him in the United States: states that he will be ready to start from 18 June and that he will bring General Sir Alan Brooke [Chief of the Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke] and Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC], "Tommy" [Commander Charles Thompson, Personal Assistant to WSC] and John Martin [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] but not "Colonel White" [codename for CSC]; asks that the plan be kept secret until arrival; congratulates Roosevelt on victories in the Pacific. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/101 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] marked "personal and secret" stating that he has not yet received the terms of the suggested settlement [regarding aircraft re-allocation] and questioning the ability of Air Vice-Marshal John Slessor [Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Policy)] to have made an agreement without previous reference to WSC. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/102 Telegram from WSC to John Curtin [Prime Minister of Australia] marked "personal and secret" advising him that Sir Earle Page [formerly Special Australian Envoy to British War Cabinet] has recovered from his dangerous illness and suggesting that his name be submitted to King George VI for the Companionship of Honour. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/103-104 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC marked "most secret" regarding British naval forces in the Indian Ocean: comments on the intentions of Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in- Chief, Eastern Fleet] and states that he is sending a general appreciation; comments on communications with Admiral Somerville; states that he was informed of damage to HMS Ramillies by Naval Headquarters in India and asks about the final composition and assembly of the Eastern Fleet; comments briefly on the position with regard to landing craft, a malaria outbreak in 13th Brigade, and WSC's latest communication. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/105 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" regarding Madagascar: states that he will await the visit of Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces in Madagascar] and Lieutenant-General Sir William Platt [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, East African Command] before giving advice; reminds WSC of the effects of "weakness and double dealing of Vichy France" in Indo-China [later Vietnam]; suggests that Barnett should remain at Diego Suarez and that Vice-Admiral [? William Campbell] Tait [Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station] should come to Pretoria to join in talks with Platt and Sturges. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/106 Telegram from the High Commissioner for Britain in South Africa [4th Lord Harlech, earlier William Ormsby-Gore] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" informing WSC of the grave apprehension of Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] that information about allied forces in Diego Suarez [Madagascar] and the Mozambique Channel will reach the enemy if Armand Annet [Vichy French Governor-General of Madagascar] is allowed to continue communicating freely with Vichy France. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/107 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "personal and most secret" endorsing his decision to fight it out to the end: "This is a business not only of armour but of will power.". 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/108 Telegram from [? General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret" regarding the location of tanks of the 1st Armoured Brigade. 13 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/109 Telegram from the President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, informing WSC that he will be at Hyde Park [New York] between 19 and 21 June and suggesting that, if WSC arrives in the United States before noon on 21 June, they leave for Washington that night: "The set of books has just come and I am thrilled.". 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/110 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most immediate" "personal" and "secret" regarding the battle in the Libyan desert: asks for clarification regarding the withdrawal by Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army]; presumes there is no question of giving up Tobruk [Libya]; expresses pleasure at the decision to bring the New Zealand Division into the Western Desert and asks for details of its deployment. 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/111-112 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC marked "most immediate", "secret" and "personal" regarding possible offensive action in the Far East [see also CHAR 20/76/113-114]: comments on changes in the relative strengths of Japan and India over the last two months; comments on plans to recapture Burma; comments on the reluctance of Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet] to operate from Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] or the Bay of Bengal; comments on the need for training of troops. 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/113-114 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander- in-Chief, India] to WSC marked "most immediate", "secret" and "personal" regarding possible offensive action in the Far East [see also CHAR 20/76/111-112]: comments on the deficiencies in his air forces; comments on the need for clearer understanding with the United States forces; agrees to suspend the offensive and send troops to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] if needed; outlines what could be achieved with effective air striking force; outlines plans to visit Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] and hold talks with General Harold Alexander [formerly General Officer Commanding Burma], Air Marshal Sir Richard Peirse [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, India] and Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet] and states that Alexander will explain plans to WSC and Chiefs of Staff. 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/115 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, India] marked "most immediate", "secret" and "personal" approving his proposed actions [to visit Ceylon, later Sri Lanka, and talk with General Harold Alexander, former General Officer Commanding, Burma, Air Marshal Sir Richard Peirse, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, India, and Admiral Sir James Somerville, Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet]. 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/116-117 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reporting on the battle in the Libyan desert: comments on the Allied withdrawal to new positions; affirms his confidence in General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and wishes that Auchinleck could be directing the Eighth Army battle in person; comments on the "anxious" situation today and its implications for the two Malta convoys; comments on the attempted bombing of Ploesti [Romania] by the special United States Liberator Squadron which he describes as a "complete failure". 14 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/118 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "most immediate", "personal" and "secret" informing WSC of the orders he has issued to Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] and confirming that the New Zealand Division is already moving. 15 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/119 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most immediate", "personal" and "secret" commenting on his assurance that he has no intention of giving up Tobruk [Libya]. 15 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/120 Telegram from John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia, to WSC marked "personal and secret" approving the submission of the name of Sir Earle Page [formerly Special Australian Envoy to the British War Cabinet] to King George VI for the Companionship of Honour. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/121 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "personal and secret" expressing his delight at the message which Smuts sent to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] by Major-General Francois Theron: states that he is sending Smuts a draft message which he wrote for Auchinleck before the battle but did not send [see CHAR 20/76/122]. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/122 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "personal and secret" reciting the text of a draft message that WSC prepared for General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] but did not send [see CHAR 20/76/121] and commenting on the chance afforded to the Eighth Army by the enemy attack of delivering a "preconceived rupturing counter-stroke". 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/123 Telegram from WSC to Premier Joseph Stalin marked "immediate, personal and secret" suggesting that the Germans may be contemplating an attack on Murmansk [Soviet Union], asking for his opinion on joint operations in the area and asking whether Stalin wishes for the six squadrons of the RAF mentioned in his aide-memoire to Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs]. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/124 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most immediate, personal and secret" regarding the battle in the Libyan desert and commenting on the re-grouping of the Eighth Army, the intention to hold Tobruk [Libya], and on battle tactics and the need to regain the initiative. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/125 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" stating that "Vigorous" [codename for Eastern Mediterranean Convoy to Malta] is returning to Alexandria [Egypt] but that "This does not mean that we have given up all hope" and stressing importance of retaining the Liberator Squadron from the United States to attack Italian heavy ships. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/126 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "personal and secret" confirming the orders given to Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] and commenting on the ability to defend Tobruk [Libya]. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/127 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "personal and secret" reporting on the 40mm Hurricanes and the puffballs: states that "To use either weapon effectively aircraft must fly very low" which is not feasible at present due to hostile flak. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/128 Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "personal and most secret" asking how long he wants to keep [the Liberators]. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/129 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, [United States]) to WSC confirming that the first meeting of the Combined Production Board is taking place tomorrow and that he will return to Britain on Thursday [18 June] or Friday [19 June]. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/130-131 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" putting the case for a force of modern high-speed heavy bombers that could be used in the Mediterranean to menace the enemy's lines of supply and end his control of the sea. 16 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/132 Telegram from the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" stating that it is difficult to be exact [regarding how long he will need to keep the Liberators] but that ten days should suffice. 17 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/133 Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] marked "secret and personal" stating that he hopes to arrive in Baltimore [United States] on Thursday [18 June] and that Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal [Chief of the Air Staff] will come over later if necessary. 16 Jun 1942 - 17 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/134 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC marked "secret and personal" regarding ship production in the United States and commenting on the sinking of ships off the east coast of the United States, the need to increase carriage on inland waterways, and the need to cut back merchant shipbuilding programme in 1943 to raise production of escort vessels. 17 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/135 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] marked "most secret and personal" regarding the provision of air forces for the defence of South Africa. 18 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/136 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the allocation of air forces for the defence of South Africa, and informing him that he will be discussing Madagascar with Lieutenant-General Sir William Platt [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, East African Command], Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer Commanding land forces in Madagascar] and Vice- Admiral Algernon Willis [Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station] over the weekend [20 - 21 June]. 18 Jun 1942 - 19 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/137 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" commenting on the battle in the Libyan desert: agrees with the text of WSC's draft message to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and comments on the "defensive spirit" of "our Commands"; comments on the implications of an initiative by General Erwin Rommel [Commander of the German Afrika Korps]; states that "Position at moment looks grave.". 18 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/138 Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander- in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC marked "private and most secret" complaining about the campaign in the British press attributing the deteriorating situation in Libya to the failure of the RAF to support the Army and the Malta convoys. 20 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/139 Telegram from Foreign Office to Moscow reciting the text of a message of support from WSC to Premier Joseph Stalin, to be conveyed to Stalin on 22 June on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Soviet Union entering the war. 20 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/140 Telegram from Premier Joseph Stalin to WSC marked "personal and secret" commenting on the desirability of joint operations to repel a German invasion of the Soviet Union from northern Norway and Finland, asking about participation by British naval and land forces, and inquiring when the six British squadrons will arrive in the Murmansk [Soviet Union] area. 20 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/141 Telegram from William Hughes [former Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC regarding public opinion in Australia: comments on the "most satisfactory" reaction of Herbert Evatt [Australian Minister for External Affairs and Attorney General] to his reception in Britain; comments on the effect on the Australian public of the presence of a large number of troops from the United States and recommends the despatch of a substantial number of British troops to counteract the American influence. 20 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/76/142-143 Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" reporting the decisions reached regarding Madagascar at a conference in Pretoria [South Africa] attended by Lieutenant- General Sir William Platt [General Officer Commanding- in-Chief, East African Command], Major-General Robert Sturges [Officer commanding land forces in Madagascar], Vice-Admiral Algernon Willis [Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station], 4th Lord Harlech [earlier William Ormsby-Gore, High Commissioner for Britain in South Africa] and Smuts: reports that it was agreed to continue with the attempt at negotiations with the French authorities but comments on military action should these fail. 21 Jun 1942