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403 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, to Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs

Cablegram S3 LONDON, 10 March 1942


Your telegram S.L.4 [paragraphs] (1) and (2). [1] I am doing
everything I can to ensure acceptance Australian-New Zealand Anzac
plan. I am confident that it will be accepted although there are
some difficulties that will have to be ironed out such as that
created by the temperamental peculiarities of King [2] whose full
co-operation is obviously desirable.

Pending the operation of your proposals in Washington I am doing
everything possible to ensure the maximum flow of equipment for
our own Divisions and Squadrons and clear thinking on the problem
of reinforcing Australia. On the latter point the exchange of
messages between the President and Prime Minister [3] I gather,
although I have not yet seen them, give grounds for some

You can rest assured I will do everything in my power both
directly and through his colleagues to bring home to Churchill how
great an hour of opportunity the present is for him.

I have been daily expecting to hear from Maisky [4] with regard to
the exchange of diplomatic representatives -my telegram No. 99 of
the 24th February. [5] The delay is not altogether surprising as
experience has shown that matters involving reference to Moscow
proceed very slowly. It would, however, be unwise to press for a
reply and equally unwise to seek a special interview to discuss
the points raised in your telegram No. S.L.2. [6] These can only
be dealt with when the opportunity presents itself If such an
opportunity does not occur, e.g. Maisky receiving a reply from
Moscow, I will make one by going to see him ostensibly further to
discuss economic matters. On the wider aspects of Anglo-American-
Soviet relations I will probably be cabling you in the near

To-day's TIMES suggests the probability of your coming to London
at an early date. I trust this is correct as a visit from you
would be of the utmost value.

I reciprocate your personal wishes.

1 Document 399.

2 Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Navy.

3 Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

4 U.S.S.R. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

5 See Document 350, note 8.

6 Document 380.

[AA:M100, MARCH 1942]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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