182 Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram [377 [1] LONDON, n.d. [1 September 1939], 2.20 p.m.

FOR PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET

Cabinet just risen. Decision immediate ultimatum to Germany without time limit as soon as action concerted with French with whom Secretary for Foreign Affairs [2] now getting in touch. Ciano [3] has given assurances Italy not participating.

Parliament meeting 6. Dominions Office cables now being cyphered giving above and additional information.

BRUCE

1 Bruce's file copy of this cablegram is numbered 377 and dated 1 September 1939 (on file AA: M100, September 1939).

2 Lord Halifax.

3 Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Foreign Minister.

[AA: A1608, A41/1/1, iv]