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(Untitled), 20 May 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/75/62-63

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Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] marked "most secret" regarding impending battle in North Africa: states that "We feel that the time has come for a trial of strength in Cyrenaica [Libya] and that the survival of Malta is involved"; comments on the need to prevent newspaper speculation; expresses his confidence in Auchinleck and the army but urges him to assume direct command; asks whether the New Zealand Division ought to be nearer the battle front and offers his help in dealing with the New Zealand government.


  • 20 May 1942

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