Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, U.K. High Commissioner to Australia

Letter MELBOURNE, 6 November 1939


With-reference to your letter of 30th October, No. 549, Secret [1], in regard to the question of navy, army and air force co- operation during the present war, I desire to inform you that the Commonwealth Government approves of the proposal of the Admiralty contained in paragraph 2 of page 2 of your communication under reference. [2]

I would appreciate your advising His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom accordingly. [3]



1 Document 314.

2 This refers to paragraph (2), which begins ‘The Admiralty would accordingly propose…’ 3 S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, was informed of this decision in an unnumbered cablegram dispatched on 9 November 1939 (on file AA: A461, AB 337/1/5). He was asked to convey it to R.G.

Casey, Minister for Supply and Development, who was then discussing these matters in London.


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