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20 Bruce to Curtin

Cablegram 131[A] LONDON, 8 August 1942, 3.10 p.m.


Your telegram 7267 of 7th August. [1] The Prime Minister had under
consideration a draft telegram to the Dominions with regard to the
Marshall-King visit and the agreement arrived at with the Chiefs
of Staff. [2] In the pressure of his sudden and unexpected
movements the Prime Minister did not approve this draft. [3]

I gather, however, that owing to the operational character of the
decisions arrived at his telegram would have given you little more
information than that contained in my telegram 111[A] [4], which,
as you know, the Prime Minister has seen.

With regard to Air Forces for the Pacific theatre, the decision
was a broad one, allocating to that theatre approximately 25 per
cent of the United States Air Forces previously earmarked to be
sent to the United Kingdom. How and where in the Pacific theatre
these re-allocated Air Forces will be employed is a matter for
determination in Washington.

With regard to paragraph 2, I have seen Johcu 38 [5] and your
telegram 532 to the Dominions Office [6], also Dominions Office
telegram 548. [7] As, however, this matter is being dealt with
direct between you and the Prime Minister, and I have not been
officially brought into it, I have taken no action.


1 On file AA:M100, August 1942. It advised that no information on
strategic decisions had been received from Churchill.

2 See Document 9, note 3.

3 Churchill left London at the beginning of August to visit Cairo
and Moscow.

4 Document 9.

5 Document 12.

6 Document 10.

7 Document 18.

[FA:A3195, 1942, 1.31376]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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