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327 Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister, to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom

Cablegram 1260 CANBERRA, 11 February 1942

[Relations between Thailand and the British Empire deteriorated
rapidly after the outbreak of war with Japan. Japanese forces were
permitted to make use of Thai territory to attack Malaya and
Burma, Thai troops entered Burma and Thai aircraft attacked
Australian forces in Malaya. On 28 December the Thai diplomatic
mission was ordered to leave London and on 25 January Thailand
declared war on the United Kingdom and the United States.]

State of war with Thailand. Please submit to Palace authorities
instrument to Governor-General [1] in similar terms to type
already issued with respect to Japan [2], substituting Kingdom of
Thailand for Japan.

His Majesty may take this telegram as representing the advice of
His Ministers in the Commonwealth. Instrument will in due course
be countersigned by myself. Please follow previous procedure. [3]


1 Lord Gowrie.

2 See Document 172.

3 On 2 March Curtin instructed Bruce (cablegram 1817) to ask the
Swiss authorities to inform the Thai Govt that the Commonwealth
Govt had declared the existence of a state of war with Thailand as
from that day. On 1 April in cablegram B35, however, the External
Affairs Officer in London, A. T. Stirling, reported that the Thai
Govt had refused to take cognizance of the declaration because
there had never been any cause for hostility between Thailand and
Australia. All documents are on file AA:A981, War 64.

[AA:A981, WAR 64]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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