215 Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram 442 LONDON, 9 September 1939, 9.32 p.m.

MOST IMMEDIATE FOR PRIME MINISTER MOST SECRET HIMSELF

Question raised in my previous cable [1] considered by War Cabinet today. Matter to be further considered tomorrow. Present view is down lines of impression indicated in my previous cable.

Statement being issued tonight instructing departments to prepare for three years war.

For your personal information-the Prime Minister [2] probably meeting Daladier [3] in the next few days to discuss this question and endeavour to agree to joint statement.

BRUCE

1 Document 216.

2 Neville Chamberlain.

3 Edouard Daladier, President of French Council of Ministers.

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