132 Mr A. Eden, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, U.K. High Commissioner in Australia

Circular cablegram Z51 LONDON, 9 April 1940, 2.50 p.m.

MOST SECRET AND PERSONAL

Please let Prime Minister [1] know for his most secret and personal information that we are immediately taking all possible steps to dear Narvik and Bergen of enemy forces. These steps include preparations for the despatch of military forces.

Norwegian Government are being informed that we shall take all possible action to support them against the Germans and in particular that we are taking the measures mentioned above. The Norwegians will be encouraged to resist to the utmost.

We are in close touch with the French Government and all action is being coordinated with them.

1 R. G. Menzies.

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