415 Mr John Curtin, Prime Minister, to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 62  CANBERRA, 17 March 1942, 7.25 p.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET
Please convey following message to the President  with the
utmost expedition. Begins.
General Douglas MacArthur having arrived in Australia the
Commonwealth Government desire to nominate him as Supreme
Commander of the Allied forces in this theatre. 
His heroic defence in the Philippine Islands has evoked the
admiration of the world and has been an example of the stubborn
resistance with which the advance of the enemy should be opposed.
The Australian Government feels that his leadership of the Allied
forces in this theatre will be an inspiration to the Australian
people and all the forces who will be privileged to serve under
If this nomination is approved might I be informed of the text and
time of any announcement. 
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