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Public and Political: General: Defence: Memoranda etc., 14 Feb 1936 - 26 Oct 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/268

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Includes: memorandum by Desmond Morton on subjects including German propaganda on French military aviation and the Soviet army, and notes [added to file in January 1996] on a speech by the Minister for Co-ordination of Defence [Sir Thomas Inskip, later 1st Lord Caldecote], rebutting Inskip's claims for military production; memorandum by Sir Philip Gibbs on the inefficient state of the RAF, and its need for expansion; press cuttings from the Figaro, with an article on the Anglo-French crisis over German aggression and Abyssinia [later Ethiopia] by Count Wladimir d'Ormesson, and a French press cutting on the League of Nations, particularly Britain's part in it; print of a paper by Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond on Australian defence, including the threat from Japan and implications for trade; print of a lecture by Major- General Sir Henry Thuillier [former Controller of Chemical Warfare, Ministry of Munitions], "Can Methods of Warfare be Restricted" on the economic and humanitarian practicality of restricting offensive weapons such as submarines, bombing, heavy artillery, tanks and gas; print of the United States' laws and regulations on international traffic in arms; print of an article by Sir Francis Lindley, "The Tragic Plight of Europe" on the failure of disarmament agreements after the First World War, German eagerness for war, Soviet ambitions, Italian aggression and the need for Britain to join France; press report from Reuters on German criticism of WSC for his suspicions and desire to see Germany encircled, with a typescript of WSC's statement in reply, on his commitment to collective security and the defence of any country against aggression, including Germany; memorandum by WSC on air defence, including the Government's previous inadequate air expansion programme, its denial of German air strength, misleading figures on British air resources, German air superiority and the comparative quality of British and German pilot training and aircraft; print of Government policy on aero engine production; memorandum by Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham] on the industrial aspect of the rearmament programme, the need for a general Defence Plan, and the implications for the Army, Navy and RAF, with a note by WSC on the advantage of a partial black-out; pamphlet on a bill brought by Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter, calling for a Ministry of Defence, with comments by Major-General Henry Rowan-Robinson.Also includes: memoranda on Fascism in Italy, Italian anti-British propaganda and how Germany defaulted on its war debts.


  • Creation: 14 Feb 1936 - 26 Oct 1936

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