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The Minister in Egypt ( Fish ) to the Secretary of State

2. Important reinforcements of British mechanized military units arrived in Egypt this week. I learn from reliable source that by the middle of next month British troops in this country are expected to be considerably in excess of existing strength. Divisional headquarters [Page 88] for the forces stationed the western desert have been established at Alexandria under the command of Major General Howard, recently arrived. Reenforcement and strengthening of the principal British base in the western desert at Mersa Matruh is proceeding apace.