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(Untitled), 12 Dec 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/46/95-98

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Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] advising that 18th Division has been diverted to Bombay [India] but Crusader, Acrobat and Gymnast [codenames for major British operation in North Africa, the operation against Tripoli, Libya, and for the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa] should continue; General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in- Chief, India] will be given Burma [later Myanmar] command and Auchinleck's jurisdiction extended; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall will either replace Major-General Arthur Smith as Chief of General Staff or transfer to Singapore; Japanese have advantage over the United States in the Philippines; Hong Kong isolated.


  • 12 Dec 1941

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