63 Bruce to Curtin
Cablegram 171[A] LONDON, 20 October 1942, 12 noon
MOST IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
Your telegram No. 9551. 
Our manpower problem fully recognised and the necessity for the return of the 9th Division appreciated. The Chiefs of Staff are now examining the problem with a view to return at the earliest possible date. Owing to the operation which is now imminent  and the part in it which has been allocated to the 9th Division, the date of its withdrawal from the front line depends on developments in the immediate future.