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(Untitled), 19 Apr 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/73/128-130

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Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, India: comments on fighter and bomber strengths in India and Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] and details reinforcements; comments on plans to build up a powerful naval force in the Indian Ocean under Admiral Sir James Somerville [Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet]; comments on the strategic importance of holding Colombo [Ceylon] and preserving the link with China; states that he is sending Wavell extracts of a telegram from Generalissimo Chiang-Kai-shek [Chinese Nationalist leader] [see CHAR 20/73/131-133] and points out that the collapse of China would liberate Japanese divisions for the invasion of India.


  • 19 Apr 1942

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