Cablegram Winch 7 [QUEBEC], 18 September 1944, 2.15 p.m.
Your JOHCU No. 83. 
I will certainly receive General Lavarack  and put him in touch
with the British Chiefs of Staff.
2. The only difficulty here has been to persuade the Americans to
give us the space and facilities to deploy in the Pacific. Some of
them wanted to keep it all to themselves. However I have offered a
British Fleet capable of fighting an action single-handed against
the whole Japanese Fleet, to share in the main operations, and
this has been accepted. We have also requested and obtained a
proportionate share for the British long range Air Force in the
process of bombing Japan to bits.
The military operations are of a much more complicated character
and I will have to inform you later about them. In the first
instance, of course we must clean up Burma by taking Rangoon and
cutting the Japanese communications. Thereafter we advance
eastward across the Bay of Bengal engaging the maximum Japanese
army and air at the earliest moment. There is no question of
disturbing MacArthur's Command in any way. On the contrary we
shall be able to supply from our Main Fleet a satisfactory naval
component to guard his left flank.
3. None of these dispositions will prevent our placing in the
Indian Ocean a second substantial fleet capable of dealing with
any detachment the Japanese may make.
4. This Conference has been a blaze of friendship and unity and
can you wonder at it in view of the unparalleled victories being
gained by our armies in every quarter of the globe? The above is
most secret and for your own personal information. Heartiest good