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239 Mr Winston Churchill, U.K. Prime Minister (in the United States), to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister

Cablegram Winch 13 [WASHINGTON, 29 December 1941] [1]


Matters have moved with great speed here and I send you the text
of the sub-joined agreement which had been reached between the
President [2] and myself with the approval of His Majesty's
Government. The President is sure that the Dutch will agree. I
trust that I may receive the assent of your Cabinet to these
arrangements designed largely for your interest and safety. The
President and the American staffs regard this decision as of the
utmost urgency. The initiative has come from them and the
President proposes to state publicly that the appointment of
General Wavell [3] has been at his direct suggestion, endorsed by
his advisers. It is desired to make public statement by 1st
January at the latest.

The text of the agreement is contained in my immediately following
telegram. [4]

1 Inserted from the Washington copy on file AA: A3300, 101. This
cablegram was dispatched to London and retransmitted to Canberra
at 6.3O p.m. the same day (see the copy on file AA: A981, War 54).

2 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

3 Wavell took up duty as Commander-in-Chief designate of the
A.B.D.A. Area on 15 January 1942.

4 Document 240.

[AA:A981, WAR 54]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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