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219 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 1201 WASHINGTON, 23 December 1941, 11.32 p.m.


United States Lend-Lease authorities here are anxious to know
urgently how lend-lease aid to Australia can be stepped up in the
most effective way. They ask for a report within 24 hours for the
President's [1] information. In the existing circumstances they
expect to get additional Congressional appropriation much sooner
than had been anticipated.

I am asked the following broad question. What can be done by
lendlease aid from here to increase Australian war effort on the
munitions side?
All concerned here will produce the most comprehensive report
possible based on the information that we have. I have said our
report will be best we can do in the time but that it will have to
be supplemented as soon as possible by additional information from
Australia which no doubt you will telegraph urgently.

I suggest including such basic requirements as mining machinery
for increased production of metals necessary for munitions

Outline information from you in 48 hours will be more valuable
here than more detailed information at a later date, although the
latter will be necessary as follow up.


1 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

[AA:A3195, 1941, 1.29434]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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