343 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister
Cablegram 387 (extract) LONDON, 5 June 1940, 8.48 p.m.
IMMEDIATE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET PERSONAL
Italy. In personal conversation with Loraine  Ciano  left no doubt of imminent war. Loraine adds that his guess is within a week. My telegram No. 376 : grounds of detention of Italian ships will be exercise of contraband control. If ships convoyed detention will be carried out by force if any interference attempted.
Reports from Spain indicate growing hostility against England and Hoare  telegraphed his opinion that Spain will follow Italy if the latter enters the war, owing to Franco's  belief in Mussolini's judgment. Nevertheless strong volume of opinion in Spain will remain neutral.