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

Cablegram Winch 20 LONDON, 30 March 1942, 9.23 p.m.


During the latter part of April and the beginning of May, one of
our armoured divisions [1] will be rounding the Cape. If, by that
time, Australia is being heavily invaded, I should certainly
divert it to your aid. This would not apply in the case of
localized attacks in the north or of mere raids elsewhere. But I
wish to let you know that you could count on this help should
invasion by say eight or ten Japanese divisions occur. This would
also apply to other troops of which we have a continuous stream
passing to the East. I am still by no means sure that the need
will arise especially in view of the energetic measures you are
taking and the United States help.

1 In cablegram Winch 21 of 1 April (AA:A3195, 1942, 1.13016)
Churchill corrected this to read 'the 2nd British Infantry
Division'. The Armoured Division was to be sent one month later
and both divisions were to be available to Australia under the
conditions stated in Winch 20.

[AA:A3195, 1942, 1.12853]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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