414 Mr A. W. Fadden, Acting Prime Minister, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister (in London)

Cablegram 238 20 April 1941,


With reference your M.38 of 1st April [1] please see my 239 of even date to Dominions Office. [2] Latham [3] has advised of report that 10 divisions concentrated in Formosa and 3 in Hainan and transports for whole force in readiness for attack on Singapore to synchronize with German bombing attack on Suez Canal.

Casey [4] also refers similar reports received in Washington. If joint declaration at present time could be arranged would therefore be most opportune.


1 Document 376.

2 In similar terms to the cablegram printed here. See file AA:

A981, Japan 185B, i.

3 Minister to Japan. See cablegrams 183 and 184 of 13 April on file AA: A1608, A41/1/1, xx.

4 Minister to the United States. See cablegram 283 of 14 April on file AA: A1608, A41/1/1, xx.

[AA: A981, JAPAN 185B, i]