136 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister
Cablegram 836 LONDON, 24 September 1940, 7.10 p.m.
FOR THE PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET
MIDDLE EAST. Have just heard, though not yet confirmed, that air reinforcements which were being steadily sent to Middle East have been stopped. This due to the Prime Minister's  obsession with problem of defence of these islands.
While appreciating the importance of this, do not consider that the retention of Middle Eastern air reinforcements could have marked effect here, while may be decisive in that theatre.
Am pressing strongly that flow to the Middle East should not be stopped.