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‘Play For Time In Asia’

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From August to September 1940, the British government's Cabinet meetings were dominated by the war situation, the damage caused by air raids and response measures, munitions production, maritime transport, and the formation and training of volunteer forces of Polish, Dutch and other nationals. A top-secret document, which would eventually fall into the hands of the enemy through the capture of the Automedon, was presented to the Cabinet on 8 August 1940; the meeting was chaired by Churchill. Churchill had been holding on to the slim hope that the Japanese leaders would make the wise choice, and when it had become clear that Japan was aligning herself with his mortal enemy Hitler's Nazi Germany, and was complicit in the latter's ambition of world domination, he had despaired more than ever for the future of Anglo-Japanese relations.

Keywords: Automedon; British government's Cabinet meetings; Churchill; Hitler's Nazi Germany; Japanese leaders; tripartite agreement



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