Cutting from the D. Express of 26.5.42:
CAIRO, Monday. – General Auchinleck, in a drive against red tape hindering the war effort in the Middle East, has sent this letter “to all officers and headquarters of this command”: –
“An extract from a letter written by Wellington from Spain about 1810 to the Secretary for War, Lord Bradford:
“’My lord, if I attempted to answer the mass of futile correspondence that surrounds me, I should be debarred from all serious business of campaigning.
“’So long as I retain an independent position I shall see to it that no officer under my command is debarred, by attending to the futile drivelling of mere quil driving in your lordship’s officer, from attending to his first duty – which is, as always, to train the private men under his command.’”
General Auchinleck  adds: “I know that this does not apply to you; but please see to it that it can never be applied to you or to anyone working under you.” – A.P.
This is printed in the papers and even given out over the air, but, after all, the operative fact is taht no one does or can talk like that to the War Office nowadays.
More rumours that Molotov is in London. Also cryptic paras in the papers suggesting that this may be so (no mention of names, of course).
 General (later Field Marshal) Sir Claude Auchinleck (familiarly known as ‘The Auk’) (1884-1981), served in World War 1 in the Mesopotamian campaign. In World War 2 he took part in the failed Norwegian campaign in 1940. In July 1941 took over the Eighth Army from Field Marshal Wavell in North Africa. Despite some success, he lost the confidence of Winston Churchill and was transferred to India. There he organised with considerable success the training of forces for the Burma Campaign and the supply of materials for the Fourteenth Army.