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Admiral Mountbatten Called To London

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 25. It is announced from No. 10 Downing Street, that Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten has arrived by air from Potsdam after being in conference with the combined Chiefs of Staff and taking part in discussions with President Truman, Generalissimo Stalin and Mr Churchill.

Mr. Churchill summoned Admiral Mountbatten to London for talks on the pre-invasion phase of the war against Japan, says Frederick Kuh, correspondent of the American newspaper P.M. He adds that the British-Australian campaign, which is designed to recapture Singapore and Malaya, is expected to begin in October.

The attack on Singapore will be made by Australians from the east and British forces of Lord Mountbatten's command from the west.

Correspondents say that if Russia declares war on Japan Pacific strategy will be completely changed, and the commands will be adjusted. The only Pacific commander. able to work effectively with Russia would be Admiral Nimitz, whose command approaches Vladivostok. The operations under Admiral Nimitz, General Mac Arthur and Admiral Mountbatten are now closely interwoven. Admiral Mountbatten will report to Mr. Churchill on his recent' conference with General Mac Arthur. Pacific War Bombshell Mr. Churchill dropped a "Pacific war bombshell," when after returning from Berlin he announced that Admiral Mountbatten had been at Potsdam and conferred with the Big Three. The disclosure, says the Daily Express diplomatic correspondent, is the first official indication that Generalissimo Stalin has discussed the conduct of Far East affairs with Mr. Churchill and President Truman. At previous Big Three conferences Generalissimo Stalin each time withdrew when the conduct of the war against Japan was being discussed because Russia was still at peace with Japan. It can be assumed since the British Chiefs of Staff also returned with Mr. Churchill, that the discussions with Lord Louis on Far East affairs will be continued in London-.

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SPEED-UP IN THE FAR EAST, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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SPEED-UP IN THE FAR EAST Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945

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