420 Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Mr A. W. Fadden, Acting Prime Minister
Cablegram M75 LONDON, 22 April 1941, 6.13 p.m.
MOST SECRET MOST IMMEDIATE
Reference my earlier cable re conversation with Dill  and the probability of giving Blamey  a higher post in the Middle East organisation, I am now authorised by the Prime Minister  to say that subject to our approval it is proposed to appoint Blamey Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Middle East. This does not mean that he has the reversion of post of Commander-in-Chief should Wavell for any reason go elsewhere because the position would naturally then be looked at afresh. However it is not only a high compliment to Blamey of whose work Wavell speaks in most glowing terms, but should give satisfaction in Australia as a guarantee that our leader will have an effective voice at the right time.
Please telegraph concurrence of yourself and Spender.  If you concur as I am sure you will, please send me en clair word 'yes' most immediate.  I will make announcement in a broadcast that I am making to Australia tomorrow morning. You will realise that for this to be possible every degree of urgency is required.