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37 Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 556 LONDON, 9 August 1941, 12.05 a.m.


Your telegram 513 of 7th August, 1941. [1]

Following for the Prime Minister.

1. Your telegram 456 was immediately referred by telegram to the
Commander in Chief, Middle East, with the direction that the views
of His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia
should be given full and sympathetic consideration. The proposals
raised therein together with the additional points in your
telegram 513 have now been discussed with General Auchinleck who
recently came to London for consultation and returns very shortly
to the Middle East.

2. We entirely agree in principle that the Australian Imperial
Forces should be concentrated into one force as soon as possible,
and General Auchinleck has undertaken to see to this immediately
on his return. He does not anticipate any difficulty except in
regard to the garrison of Tobruk. He is as anxious as you in this
connection to relieve this garrison.

1 On file AA : A1608, E45/2/1, v. It requested an early reply to
cablegram 456 (Document 10)and expressed concern at reports of a
decline in the health of Australian troops at Tobruk.

[AA : A1608, E45/2/1, V]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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