5 Commonwealth Government to Lord Caldecote, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 346 3 July 1940,

MOST SECRET

Reference your cablegram No. 228 [1] Commonwealth Government has given careful consideration to your request for despatch of one Division and two squadrons of aircraft to Malaya.

You are aware from cablegram No. 322 [2] of decision to send two further squadrons to Singapore. We are unable on the information before us to agree to the despatch of a Division as desired. It could not be provided with equipment other than small arms without gravely impairing home defence and the training of the A.I.F.

There is also the related urgent need for completing the equipment of the 6th Division and deciding its theatre of employment.

A final conclusion is affected by the appreciation which we are awaiting from you and which the High Commissioner [3] states is about to be cabled. [4]

[AA: A3 196, 1940, 0.4422]