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77 Mr A. W. Fadden, Prime Minister, to Mr Winston Churchill, U.K. Prime Minister

Cablegram Arden 1 CANBERRA, 4 October 1941


Your telegram 30th September noted. [1] Desire to submit following
Paragraph 1. We assure you no want of confidence is felt in the
military judgment of Auchinleck. [2] The vital considerations
outlined in my cablegram No. 26 of 14th Septernber [3] should, we
feel, give no cause for Auchinleck to imply such want of

Paragraph 2. We appreciate fully the factors put forward, but
suggest the considerations in paragraph 3 of my cablegram of 14th
September are of such importance to outweigh them.

Paragraph 3. I hasten to assure you that neither by suggestion nor
implication have I or my Government intended to convey the
impression that an undue burden has been thrown on Australian
troops who have been proud to fight side by side with the troops
of the Motherland and the Empire and share equally with them all
the disappointments, perils, triumphs, and sacrifices of the
campaign in the Middle East.

I and my Government have given most full and careful further
consideration to the request contained in my cablegram No. 26 of
14th September and while assuring you that, as in the past, we are
prepared to make every sacrifice [in] common with the rest of the
Empire we cannot see our way for the reasons fully set out in my
cablegram to depart from this conclusions

1 Document 73.

2 U.K. Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East.

3 This is presumably an incorrect reference to the cablegram
published as Document 68.

4 On 13 October Churchill asked Fadden's successor, John Curtin,
to permit the two A.I.F. brigades still in Tobruk to remain there
until the result of the approaching battle was known. Curtin
replied on to October that War Cabinet had carefully considered
the request, but was not disposed to vary the decision of the
previous govt. See Churchill's cablegram 688 (in AA:A2671,
326/1941) and Curtin's cablegram 682 (AA:A3196, 1941, 0.16535).

5 This number was corrected to read 0.15591 in the Prime
Minister's Dept outward cablegram register (AA:A3643, 3)

[AA:A3196, 1941, 0.15501 [5]]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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