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206 Department of External Affairs to Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore

Cablegram 49 CANBERRA, 19 December 1941


Your 62. [1] Desire you report in detail discussions of Council
and report of hostilities. It is quite possible that in some
respects the views of the United Kingdom representatives will
differ from our own, both in relation to supplies and distribution
of forces. This Government is far from satisfied with the results
of the policy of subordinating requirements of this theatre of
war. Brook-Popham [2] gave us assurance that all was well with
Malayan defences and there is anxiety here as to position. Will
give specific instructions on matters discussed as you report

1 Dispatched 19 December. On file AA:A981, War 42. It advised that
Bowden would join the War Council in Singapore on 20 December and
requested that any instructions to him be telegraphed urgently.

2 U.K. Commander-in-Chief in the Far East. See Document 84.

[AA:A981, WAR 42]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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