379 Commonwealth Government to Mr Clement Attlee, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 152 CANBERRA, 27 February 1942

MOST SECRET

Australian Government desires General Blamey should return here earliest possible date. [1] Would appreciate your release of Blamey from appointment Deputy Commander in Chief, Middle East.

Satisfactory arrangements will be made for General Morshead to act as General Officer Commanding A.I.F. for the Australian troops remaining in the Middle East.

1 Blamey left Cairo on 7 March and arrived in Australia on 23 March.

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