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187 Commonwealth Government to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 797 [1] CANBERRA, 12 December 1941


Your telegram No. 819 of 11th December. [2] The Commonwealth
Government is in accord with the proposal to send a combined
Australian and Dutch force into Portuguese Timor to liquidate the
Japanese and are authorising their commander in Dutch Timor [3] to
send a detachment to act in conjunction with the Dutch. The
Commonwealth Government's view is that this move should be made
without delay.

Australian Forces despatched to Dutch Timor comprise infantry
battalion, coast defence units and one independent company. The
last named is earmarked for operations in Portuguese Timor. These
forces are expected to arrive at Koepang today the 12th December.

1 Repeated to the U.K. Commander-in-Chief in the Far East.

2 Document 186.

3 Lt Col W. W. Leggatt.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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