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

Cablegram 507 LONDON, 3 July 1940, 8 p.m.


I am most disturbed at the lack of information supplied when

advising you in Dominions Office telegram No. 22.8 [1] of complete

reversal of the United Kingdom Government's naval policy in the

Far East and asking you to undertake the serious commitment of

sending a division to Malaya.

I have told the United Kingdom Government that personally I would

flatly refuse to entertain their request unless I received a great

deal more information as to United Kingdom appreciation of the

situation resulting from French collapse and of their plans and

strategy for the future conduct of the war.

In view of the attitude I have taken suggest that possibly the

wisest course for you would be masterly inactivity for two or

three days. If during that period I can get no satisfaction I feel

that it will be necessary for you to send a strong cable to the

Prime Minister [2] as it is essential that the United Kingdom

Government should be [stunned] [3] by someone into facing the

great and fundamental issues that now confront us, which in my

view they are not doing.


1 Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937-49, vol. III,

Document 459.

2 Winston S. Churchill.

3 Corrected from Bruce's copy on file AA: A100, July 1940

[AA: A3195, 1940, 1.5035]