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89 Churchill to Curtin

Cablegram Winch 33 LONDON, 10 December 1942, 1.50 p.m.


Thank you very much for the very full explanation of your
difficulties which you have been kind enough to send me. [1] The
fact that the New Zealand Division is to remain in the Middle East
makes it easier for us to meet your wishes. Shipping will be
arranged at the end of January to repatriate all you wish in
personnel and for the minimum equipment which you require. I am
having your list examined by the Staffs and the details will be
communicated to you as soon as possible. The 9th Australian
Division will carry with them from the African desert a splendid
reputation, and the honour of having played a leading part in a
memorable victory for the Empire and the common cause.

2. The United States have preferred to have one British armoured
carrier and keep their own Ranger instead of sending us the Ranger
and taking two armoured carriers from us. We should have preferred
the latter plan because it would have given us more say in the
tasks that beset us. Still, there will be two more carriers in the
Pacific as a result of the moves.

All good wishes.


1 See Document 87, note 7.

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