Thank you for your Winch Nos. 7 , 8 , 9  and 10.  I am
most gratified to learn of the outstanding results achieved at the
discussions at Octagon.  The British Naval contribution, which
is to be made in the war against Japan, is indeed a splendid one.
This, together with the increased participation of British long-
range air forces and the share of the land forces in the programme
of military operations, is a convincing demonstration of the full
and effective part which the British Nations are to play in the
Pacific theatre. With the addition of this overwhelming strength
to that of the Americans, I look forward to the speedy achievement
against our Asiatic enemy of the same brilliant and decisive
successes as are being gained against Germany.
2. It is a source of deep satisfaction to us that a British Naval
component will be supplied to guard General MacArthur's left flank
and I am glad and grateful that it has been possible for you to
3. The arrangements you made to keep General Lavarack  informed
of the decisions are much appreciated. I was not misled by the
ill-informed press references and I made this clear in an
announcement on 18th September. 
4. It will be a source of pleasure to you to learn that my War
Cabinet and the Advisory War Council who have been given the
substance of the broad picture are gratified at all that is
Heartiest congratulations and warmest regards.