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Letter from Auchinleck to Lt.-Gen. N.M. [Neil] Ritchie, stating that he is glad that Ritchie thinks that the situation is still favourable to the 8th Army, whilst expressing his own misgivings over the destruction of 150th Brigade, over the consolidation by the enemy of a broad and deep wedge in the middle of the Allied position, over the consequent threat to the Gazala-Bir Hacheim line, and over the possibility that the enemy may be able rapidly to regain the initiative; and suggesting measures to be taken to improve the situation, emphasizing that the 8th Army must strike hard and at once in order to avoid a stalemate. Typescript, signed, with an autograph note.