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412 Mr Winston Churchill, U.K. Prime Minister, to Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister

Cablegram Winch 12 [1] LONDON, 13 March 1942, 11.55 p.m.


Your Johcu 25. [2] Both principal Ministers I have consulted and
Chiefs of Staff are agreed in wanting Casey for this Most
important post which requires military experience and knowledge of
public affairs both ministerial and diplomatic. [3] I had a whole
evening in the train with Casey when I was in America, and learned
from him that he was very anxious for a change. Indeed he
suggested that he might go as a liaison officer to the ABDA area
when this was being shaped. I have no doubt he would greatly
welcome this appointment which also strikes the note of bringing
Statesmen from all over the Empire to the highest direction of
affairs. I will venture to court your rebuke by asking whether
Menzies [4], with his great distinction and success when passing
through America, might not fill the gap caused by Casey leaving
Washington. However this may be, and I trust you will not resent
my intrusion upon your affairs, I should be very grateful if you
would reconsider your demurrer.

I will cable you to-morrow on the President's [5] proposals for
the two areas. [6]


1 Sent through the U.K. Dominions Office.

2 Document 409.

3 See Document 406.

4 R. G. Menzies had visited the United States in May 1941 when lie
was Prime Minister.

5 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

6 No such cablegram appears to have been sent, but see Documents
410 11 and 417.

[PRO:DO 35/1009, i]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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