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19 Bruce to Curtin

Cablegram 130[A] LONDON, 8 August 1942, 3.10 p.m.


Your telegram 7268 [1], paragraph 1, subsection 2. I regret that I
did not make this point quite as clear as I should. When the
Agreement between the Chiefs of Staff and Marshall and King came
before War Cabinet, which I attended, the matter had really
reached the point where only formal assent was required and the
possibility of effecting any alteration, or having any views
considered, was really past. In other words, we had had no
opportunity of expressing any views 'in formulation of policy by
War Cabinet'. (Paragraph 2(a) of your 7268.) In this instance the
decision arrived at was one with which I was fully in accord and
was not of a character that I felt it was necessary that I should
have referred to you to obtain your views. If, however, the
contrary had been the case and it had been a matter where
Australia held strong views contrary to the decision that was
taken, the fact that we did not hear of the decision until it was
too late to alter it and had had no opportunity to express our
views in decisions of policy would have created a very difficult
position. This was the reason why I used the words 'although the
immediate problem created by the visit of the American
representatives was past, the major question of implementation of
the arrangement with regard to our representation in War Cabinet
remains unsettled'. [2]

With regard to paragraph 3 of your telegram-my telegrams 121[A],
122[A] and 123[A] [3] were sent purely for the purpose of keeping
you personally informed and with no idea that there should be any
intervention by the Government.

I am hopeful that the position will be put upon a satisfactory
basis down the lines of my letter to Attlee of 1st August. [4] You
can rest assured that I have your views fully in mind and will do
everything in my power to give effect to them.


1 Document 17.

2 See Document 15.

3 Documents 14-16.

4 See Document 14.

[FA:A3195, 1942, 1.31383]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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