Official: Prime Minister: Personal telegrams.

Reference code: CHAR 20/82

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Date: 30 Oct 1942 - 19 Nov 1942

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CHAR 20/82/1 File cover relating to the contents of CHAR 20/82. Includes manuscript notes by Denis Kelly [Literary Assistant to WSC] dating to 1949. 1942 - 1949
CHAR 20/82/2 Telegram from WSC to Air Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding in Chief Middle East] marked "most secret" congratulating him on the success of attacks against the enemy and asking him to compliment [Air Marshal Arthur] Coningham [Commander Desert Air Force]. WSC recalls his visit to [the Western Desert] "I was sure then that great days lay ahead. Those days have come, and you are all playing a glorious part in them." Typescript. 30 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/3 Telegram from [General Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" in which he passes on reports from the Western Desert that there is great satisfaction with Sherman [tanks] as the position of their guns permits them to be concealed and that they are successfully destroying enemy tanks at a range of 2,000 yards. He adds that 105mm "S P" guns have also "done well". Typescript. 30 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/4 Telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" in which he relays a message from [General Harold Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] with reports from the Western Desert that there is great satisfaction with Sherman [tanks] as the position of their guns permits them to be concealed and that they are successfully destroying enemy tanks at a range of 2,000 yards and that 105mm "S P" guns have also "done well". Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/5 Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander in Chief India] to WSC marked "private" in which he reports that he has had successful talks with [General Joseph] Stilwell [Commander United States Forces in China, Burma and India] and that plans produced on behalf of Generalissimo [Chiang Kai-shek] should work well. He says that he likes Stilwell and that relations with the Americans are good although it would have been better to recapture Burma without assistance from the United States and China. Wavell also notes that there is no evidence of an attack on India by the Japanese and that he is concerned about the weakness of his air force. Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/6 Copy of a telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" thanking him for his telegram No. 200 and undertaking to acknowledge United States Command over operations. Carbon typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/7 Telegram from General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" thanking him for his encouraging message and commenting "Enemy is fighting desperately but we are hitting him hard and continuously and boring into him without mercy [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt]." Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/8 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "most secret" informing him that the changes he has suggested have been included in a press release; thanking him for a telegram; and wishing him luck in the "desert effort" [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt]. Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/9 Telegram from [Air Marshal Arthur] Tedder [Air Officer Commanding in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "secret and personal" thanking him for his inspiring message and reporting "We are all at full throttle and determined to make a job of it" [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt]. Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/10 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, later 1st Lord Killearn] to WSC (sent to WSC by the Financial Secretary of the War Office) informing him that he plans to complete his work in the Middle East and Persia [Iran], then return to England via East and West Africa where he will check on the progress of recruitment of African natives. Typescript. 31 Oct 1942
CHAR 20/82/11-12 Copy of a telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" in which he expresses pleasure at [Eleanor] Roosevelt's visit to Great Britain which he feels has been a success. WSC reports that Mrs Roosevelt has visited Canterbury and Dover [Kent] with CSC (and notes that Canterbury was bombed on the following day) and says that she has refused to reduce the number of her engagements and has been very popular. He also discusses the likelihood that [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] may visit the United States, says that Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of State] will deliver a personal letter, and expresses hopes about the battle in Egypt [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt]. Typescript. 01 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/13 Telegram from [General Harold Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Tunis] Commander in Chief Middle East to WSC marked "personal" reporting casualties [in the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt] including 695 officers and 9,435 soldiers of other ranks killed, wounded or missing and reporting that 213 wounded tanks have also been recovered. Typescript. 01 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/14 Telegram from the Minister of State in Cairo [Egypt ?Richard Casey] to WSC marked "immediate" informing him that Peter Woods, second son of [1st] Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], has been killed in the fighting in the Western Desert. Typescript. 02 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/15 Telegram from WSC, Former Naval Person, to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" on subjects including: the good progress of the Battle of Egypt [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt]; his opinion that Roosevelt's proposed message to [Marshal Philippe] Petain [Head of Vichy Government, France] is too kind and may have an undesirable effect on the de Gaullists [Free French]; and arrangements for transport for [Henri] Giraud to Gibraltar. Typescript. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/16 Telegram from [1st] Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (Washington) to WSC marked "secret and personal" in which he reports a conversation with Walter Lippman about [Wendell] Wilkie. Lippman advises WSC to invite Wilkie to visit the United Kingdom as he is concerned that Wilkie might make "further public reference to our affairs", specifically to a conversation with Chiang Kai-shek about India, and this might create "much mischief" and suggests that WSC should liaise with President Roosevelt about the invitation. Typescript. 02 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/17 Telegram from WSC to General [Dwight] Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "personal and secret" and "WINCH" reporting that a breakthrough in the North is imminent and that this will make it difficult for the 8 Axis divisions to withdraw to the south. He notes that personal telegrams to Eisenhower will be marked with the codeword "WINCH". Carbon typescript signed with initials. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/18 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" in which he says that reports from Egypt confirm his confidence in a decisive victory [a reference to the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt] and that it will be difficult for [Field Marshal Erwin] Rommel to disengage his army to the south. He also expresses pleasure at news from the Solomon Islands and New Guineau. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/19 Telegram from WSC to [Duncan] Sandys [later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Financial Secretary of the War Office] marked "personal and secret" in which he asks whether Sandys has seen anything of the battle [the Second Battle of El Alamein, Egypt], notes that there will be fortnightly meetings of the Army Council, and suggests that Sandys should continue with his tour [of the Western Desert]. Typescript. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/20-21 Telegram from Minister of State, Mideast [?Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" on the difficulty of the 9th Australian Division returning to Australia. He points out that this will create manpower problems in the Middle East theatre, may lead to the New Zealand government requesting the recall of New Zealand divisions, and that it would be difficult to transport another United Kingdom division to the Middle East; suggests that WSC should ask President [Roosevelt] to send United States forces to Australia; and notes that the 9th Australian Division has lost 2,200 casualties in the preceding 10 days. Typescript. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/22 Copy of a telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "hush most secret" expressing pleasure at the success of [Eleanor Roosevelt's] visit to the United Kingdom and at the good press she receives. He informs WSC that he has made a quick decision of great importance "but it was so obviously right and called for immediate action that I did not even refer it to you" and suggests that WSC should ask the "American Eagle" about it. Typescript. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/23 Telegram from WSC to [General Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "most immediate" in which he says that he presumes that Alexander has read "all the Boniface" [Enigma decrypts]. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/24 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" in which he expresses great concern at the shackling prisoners of war in the light of the deadlock with Germany and says that this concern is shared by the governments of South Africa and Australia. He doubts that Germany will make a reply and feels that the shackling of prisoners of war should not be continued as it may undermine the conventions covering the protection of prisoners of war and is having "serious effect on the mental and physical health of the prisoners." Typescript. 03 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/25 Telegram from [General Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "most immediate" reporting successes against the enemy [in the Second Battle of El Alamein] in Egypt. He notes that the 8th Army has inflicted a severe defeat on [Field Marshal Erwin] Rommel 's German and Italian forces and that the enemy is retreating. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/26 Telegram from "Former Naval Person" [WSC] to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" relaying the contents of a telegram from [General Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] reporting successes against the enemy [in the Second Battle of Alamein] in Egypt [see CHAR 20/82/25]. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/27 Telegram from WSC to General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "immediate" congratulating him and his "brilliant lieutenant" [General Sir Bernard] Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army] on the 8th Army's victory [in the Second Battle of Alamein, Egypt]. WSC feels that the victory will shape the future course of World War [II] and would like to "ring the bells all over Britain for the first time this war". He urges Alexander to give him an occasion by capturing at least 20,000 prisoners and suggest that this will aid "Torch" [codename for the Allied invasion of North West Africa]. He also informs Alexander that "Kingpin" [General Henri Giraud] is meeting with "Ikey" [General Dwight Eisenhower] who will take the lead on events in the "Torch" area. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/28 Telegram from WSC to General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "bigot" explaining that references in his previous telegram [see CHAR 20/82/27] are to [General Henri] Giraud and to [General Dwight] Eisenhower. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/29 Telegram from General [Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "most secret" confirming that he has read "all the Boniface" [Enigma decrypts]. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/30 Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] marked "most secret and personal" asking him not to press the issue of shackling prisoners of war. WSC feels that it has become less likely that the Hitler government will accuse the Allies of atrocities and that it would be a mistake to "give in to this bully". He expresses the hope that Parliament will be helpful. Typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/31 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "most secret" expressing agreement with WSC's advice that a message to [Marshal Philippe] Petain [Head of Vichy Government, France] should be "toned down" and informing him that he has re-written the message. Carbon typescript. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/32 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" informing him that his immediately following telegram contains the press statement being issued by General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] [see CHAR 20/82/33]. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/33 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC reciting the text of the press statement issued by General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] describing the enemy's retreat and losses. 04 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/34 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] congratulating him on the fresh distinction gained by the 2nd New Zealand Division under General Bernard Freyberg in the battle of Egypt [El Alamein]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/35 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of South Africa [General Jan Smuts] congratulating him on the fresh distinction gained by the South African Division under Major-General Daniel Pienaar in the battle of Egypt [El Alamein]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/36 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] congratulating him on the fresh distinction gained by the 9th Australian Division under General Leslie Morshead in the battle of Egypt [El Alamein]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/37 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret": Informs him of decisive victory in Egypt; states that "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] is imminent on a very great scale ; comments on plan to place 20 British and American squadrons on the Russian southern flank in the Caucasus ["Velvet"]; offers congratulations to Stalin and Vyacheslav Molotov [Soviet Foreign Minister] on the defence of Stalingrad [later Volgograd, Soviet Union] and the defeat of Hitler's second campaign against Russia. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/38 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" stating that it will be necessary for him to explain "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] to General Charles De Gaulle [President of Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French] sometime during "D. minus 1" and informing Roosevelt of what he proposes to say. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/39 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "personal" thanking him for all his information. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/40 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" asking what line WSC is taking with General Charles De Gaulle about "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] and suggesting how news of the operation might be given to General Georges Catroux [Member of the Council of Defence of the French Empire and Free French High Commissioner to the Middle East]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/41 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] reciting a message of congratulation to General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/42 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Henry Harwood [Commander in chief Mediterranean] marked "personal" asking him to keep close to Admiral Rene Godfroy [Commander French Fleet at Alexandria, Egypt] and to use his personal influence to make him "see his duty to France in its true light.", and also stating that he believes the Germans will overrun unoccupied France on the morrow of "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/43 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and secret" recommending that General Charles De Gaulle [President of Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French] is given no information about "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] until after a successful landing. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/44 Telegram from WSC to [? Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] marked "personal and private" asking him to look at the letter of 23 Oct from John Foster [First Secretary at the British Embassy in Washington, United States] to Sir Thomas Barnes about the Griffin libel case against WSC, and stating that Foster has no right to negotiate such a compromise. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/45 Telegram from WSC to [? Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross, United Kingdom High Commissioner in Australia] thanking him for his interesting letter of 26 Jun but stating that "Things wear a different guise now.". 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/46 Telegram from Acting Prime Minister of South Africa to WSC thanking him for his kind telegram of congratulation on the work of Major-General Daniel Pienaar's men [South African Division in the Middle East]. 05 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/47 Telegram from WSC to Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] marked "personal and most secret" advising him not to say anything to General Georges Catroux [Member of the Council of Defence of the French Empire and Free French High Commissioner in the Middle East] in advance of "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/48 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "most secret and personal" regarding "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]: Confirms that no reference will be made to the participation of British Divisions before Roosevelt's press release; asks the President to reconsider his decision not to allow the use of a leaflet making known the arrival of British troops in Algeria; comments on the President's decision not to inform General Charles De Gaulle [President of Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French]. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/49 Telegram from Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] to WSC thanking him for his kind message and expressing delight at the turn of events and pride in the New Zealand Division. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/50 Telegram from General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] (Gibraltar) to WSC marked "personal" informing him of hopes of getting "Kingpin" [General Henri Giraud] to North Africa and expressing personal thanks to WSC for his constant support and encouragement. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/51 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret" informing him that when Hitler despairs of taking Baku [Soviet Union] he will try to wreck it by air attack. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/52 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "emergency" and "personal and secret" informing WSC that he will issue his statement to the American press immediately upon receipt of information that landing of troops has commenced and re-iterating his belief that release of the proposed leaflets would not be of assistance to the expedition. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/53 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" reporting the latest figures for prisoners and captured equipment from the Middle East and stating that advanced mobile forces have reached Mersa Matruh [Egypt]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/54 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied commander Mediterranean Theatre] reporting the latest figures for prisoners and captured equipment from the Middle East and stating that advanced mobile forces have reached Mersa Matruh [Egypt]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/55 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret" reporting the latest figures for prisoners and captured equipment from the Middle East and stating that advanced mobile forces have reached Mersa Matruh [Egypt]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/56 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] stating that " I feel the Rock of Gibraltar will be safe in your hands." and enclosing text of message for "Kingpin" [Codename for General Henri Giraud]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/57 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander (Commander in Chief Middle East) marked "personal" stating that he will be making an important statement to Parliament on the battle in Egypt on 11 Nov and asking for the latest information to reach him by the night of 10 Nov. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/58 Typescript note stating that the Prime Minister has nevertheless decided to wait a day or two on account of complications with "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] [Probably referring to decision not to ring church bells in celebration of victory at El Alamein until after North African landings]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/59 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" beginning "Ring out the bells!" and giving estimates for enemy prisoners and captured equipment and stating that the advanced mobile forces are south of Mersa Matruh [Egypt]. 06 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/60 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) stating that the result of the United States election has made things more difficult and asking whether he can use COS (42) 345 (0) as the basis of his discussions with President Roosevelt and the combined Chiefs of Staff which are likely to take place on 9 Nov. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/61 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander (Commander in Chief Middle East) stating that he is publishing the figures of Alexander's splendid results in order to influence Spanish policy and announcing his decision not to ring the bells until after "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] is ashore. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/62-65 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reciting the text of a message from the United States Ambassador to Spain to Roosevelt reporting his conversation with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs (General Count Francisco Jordana) on the likely Spanish response to military operations in North West Africa by the United Nations. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/66 Telegram from Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] to WSC marked "secret and personal" stating that all Canada is rejoicing in the success of the United Forces in Egypt and that "We are quite prepared to have other matter stand for present" [? shackling of prisoners of war]. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/67 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Henry Harwood [Commander in Chief Mediterranean] marked "personal" stating that he thinks it very unlikely that Vichy [France] will declare war and that they will probably only protest and resist locally. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/68 Telegram from Averell Harriman to WSC commenting on the wisdom and determination of WSC's leadership since the summer of 1940 which has led to the mounting successes of his troops in the desert. 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/69 Telegram from General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] to WSC marked "personal" stating that: "Having been privileged to witness your courage and resolution on the day of the fall of Tobruk [Libya] I am unable to express to the full my delight over the news from the Middle East and my admiration for the British Army.". 07 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/70 Telegram from WSC to General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] marked "personal" thanking him for his message and commenting on the Egyptian and Libyan war and the events taking place in French North Africa ["Torch"]. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/71 Telegram from WSC to Averell Harriman marked "personal": "Thank you so much, my friend". 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/72 Telegram from General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] to WSC thanking him for his message and commenting on the progress of the 8th Army: "Our objective is the removal of the Germans and Italians from North Africa, and we will not rest till we have achieved it.". 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/73 Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" regarding the proposal that Air Marshal Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commander in Chief Mediterranean] become Vice Chief of Air Staff and suggesting that Tedder be allowed to remain in the Middle East until the end of the campaign in Cyrenaica and that Air Vice Marshal Philip Wigglesworth go temporarily to London [United Kingdom]. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/74 Telegram from General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] (Gibraltar) to WSC reciting text of message from "Kingpin" [Codename for General Henri Giraud] to WSC thanking him for his kind telegram and expressing his confidence in the final victory and his certainty that "Alsace and Lorraine will remain French.". 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/75 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, United States) marked "personal" informing him that report COS (42) 345(0) is out of date and that not even a digest of it should be shown to the American Chiefs of Staff. 09 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/76 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States]to WSC marked "personal and private" commenting on the Griffin libel case. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/77 Telegram from Premier Stalin to WSC marked "personal and secret": Congratulates WSC on the successful development of military operations in Egypt; hopes for the success of "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa]; comments on arrangements for the Anglo-American air force for the Russian southern flank in the Caucasus ["Velvet"]; refers to the deterioration of the situation on the Caucasian front; thanks WSC for his congratulations in connection with the anniversary of the Soviet Union. 08 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/78 Telegram from WSC to Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British Ambassador to Egypt] marked "personal and secret" asking him to find out what has happened to Duncan Sandys [later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Financial Secretary of the War Office]. 09 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/79 Telegram from Duncan Sandys [later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Financial Secretary of the War Office] to WSC marked "personal": States that he has just returned from the battlefield in the western desert and describes the scene; comments on the satisfactory progress of his enquiries and states that he will start his tour of Iraq and Persia [later Iran] tomorrow. 09 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/80 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, United States) to WSC marked "personal" hoping that WSC will not extend any immediate invitation to Admiral Ernest King Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] or General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] to visit the United Kingdom without further news of Lyttelton's talks with President Roosevelt. [09] Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/81 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington, United States) marked "personal and secret": Informs him that his authority does not extend to combined strategy and trusts that he will not commit the Cabinet in any way; states that he is most anxious that General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] and if possible Admiral Ernest King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] should visit the United Kingdom but that he has not sent any formal invitation. 10 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/82 Telegram from Premier Stalin to WSC marked "personal" expressing delight at successes in Libya and the successful beginning of "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] and thanking him for his warning concerning Baku [Soviet Union]. 10 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/83 Telegram from Sir Harold MacMichael [United Kingdom High Commissioner in Transjordan, later Jordan] to WSC reciting text of message from Emir Abdullah ibn Hussein [Emir of Transjordan] congratulating WSC on the victory in the Egyptian desert and the landing of United States forces in North Africa ["Torch"]. 09 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/84-90 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" giving a detailed account of the battle of El Alamein between 22 Oct and 5 Nov and commenting on the reasons for success and giving figures for allied and axis losses. 09 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/91 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "most immediate" informing him that King George VI has approved his promotion to Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Bath. 10 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/92 Telegram from WSC to General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] marked "most immediate" informing him that King George VI has approved his promotion to Knight Commander in the Order of the Bath and his promotion to the rank of General for services in the field. 10 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/93 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" commenting on the importance of unifying all Frenchmen who oppose Germany and the need to avoid at all costs rival French emigre governments. 11 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/94 Telegram from Sir Miles Lampson [later Lord Killearn, British ambassador to Egypt] to WSC marked "personal and secret" informing him that Duncan Sandys [later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Financial Secretary of the War Office] has left for a tour of the Iraq and Persian Command and is not due back in Egypt until 21 Nov. 10 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/95-96 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "personal" confirming that he has withdrawn the copies of the abridged edition of COS (42) 345 (0) from the United States Chiefs of Staff but commenting on the need for some strategical background for the supply discussions. 11 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/97 Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC commenting on implications of joint landing in North Africa: Suggests a survey of possibilities including forward movement directed against Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, Greece and other Balkan areas; comments on the need to prevent rivalry between General Charles De Gaulle [President of the Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French], General Henri Giraud, and Admiral Jean Darlan. 12 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/98 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] to WSC marked "personal" informing him that conferences are to be held at the weekend and that he hopes to have an up to date appreciation ready early next week. 12 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/99 Telegram from General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] (Gibraltar) to WSC marked "personal" congratulating him on his speech of yesterday, stating that his "only ambition at the moment" is to get Tunisia and the French Fleet, and commenting on his satisfaction with the individuals selected to serve as his principal command and staff subordinates. 11 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/100 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC reciting text of message from Dr Chiam Weizmann [President of the World Zionist Organisation and the Jewish Agency for Palestine] to WSC thanking him for his friendly message. 11 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/101 Telegram from General Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] to WSC marked "personal" thanking him for his congratulations and for the high honour conferred upon him by King George VI. 12 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/102 Telegram from WSC to W Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada] offering his congratulations to the Canadian people for their response to the Canadian Third Victory Loan and commenting on the role played by Canada in the war. 12 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/103 Telegram from WSC to Ibn Saud [King of Saudi Arabia] thanking him for his messages of congratulation. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/104 Telegram from WSC to Emir Abdullah ibn Hussein [Emir of Transjordan, later Jordan] thanking him for his kind messages. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/105-107 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" regarding the implications of joint landings in North Africa ["Torch"]: States that "our enterprises have prospered beyond our hopes" and praises three United States Generals; agrees to a review of the whole scene and comments on how Turkey might be brought into the war; comments on the state of Rommel's Panzer Army; refers to the reaction in Spain and France and to the intention to turn the bombing heat on Italy; expresses anxiety about the U-Boat depredations and asks for a favourable consideration of the letter he sent with Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] Initialled. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/108-109 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret": States that he has appointed Air Marshal Peter Drummond [Deputy Air Officer Commanding in Chief Middle East] to represent Great Britain in the Staff discussions regarding the joint Anglo-American air force for the Russian southern flank in the Caucasus ["Velvet"] and that Drummond has been ordered to leave for Moscow [Soviet Union]; comments on the success of the campaigns in Egypt and North Africa ["Torch"] and on the political reactions to them in Spain and Portugal and on the implications of the German occupation of Vichy France. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/110-111 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "personal and secret": Offers congratulations on success of operations in North Africa ["Torch"] and informs Eisenhower about his plans to confer about the future with the British Chiefs of Staff and Major General Walter Bedell Smith [Chief of Staff to General Eisenhower]; comments on extent of Rommel's defeat in Cyrenaica; offers congratulations to General Mark Clark on his promotion to Lieutenant-General; states that he is sending Eisenhower a copy of his telegram to Roosevelt regarding General Charles De Gaulle [President of the Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French] [see CHAR 20/82/112]. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/112 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "personal and secret" reciting text of his telegram to President Roosevelt regarding General Charles De Gaulle [President of the Council of Defence of the French Empire and Leader of the Free French] referred to in his preceding telegram [see CHAR 20/82/110-111]. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/113 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "most secret" informing him that he is sending him herewith copies of two friendly messages he has received from Stalin along with his replies [not present] With typescript note that the above message is not being sent through normal channel for reasons of cypher security. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/114 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC marked "personal" suggesting that, after last night's naval engagement at the Solomon Islands, it would be an opportune time to offer the United States the two aircraft carriers. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/115 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [W Mackenzie King] marked "personal and secret" thanking him for his kind telegram and commenting on the predicament of the tying up of prisoners of war. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/116 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) marked "personal" stating that he must have fair and proper assignments of shipping, escort vessels and aircraft. 14 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/117 Telegram from WSC to be conveyed to President Roosevelt if Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt] advises marked "most secret" regarding the urgent need to get two Norwegian ships carrying essential supplies out of Sweden and suggesting that Roosevelt allow the Swedes their increased quota of oil in exchange for help over these ships. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/118 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to WSC marked "most secret" referring to a message from WSC to President Roosevelt [see CHAR 20/82/117] and stating that progress has been made and that the State Department hopes to give him a decision at noon tomorrow With typescript note asking that Sir Charles Hambro [Executive Head of the Special Operations Executive] be informed. 19 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/119 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC regarding opinion in United states that the British are criticising the size of the American Army and trying to keep it as low as possible and stating that he would like to use his broadcast on Sunday to dispel this idea. 13 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/82/120-121 Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC reporting on progress of negotiations regarding war production. 13 Nov 1942