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Public and Political: General: Germany: Rearmament intelligence., 07 Mar 1936 - 16 Nov 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/274

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Brigadier-General John Morgan; 1st Lord Rothermere [earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] on claims by Air Chief Marshal Hermann Goering for German air strength and the attitude of Yugoslavia, Poland and Italy to war, and on French air strength; Eleanor Rathbone on pro-German sympathy among her constituents, and WSC's attitude to France's insistence on continuing sanctions against Italy; Frank Hillier, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail; Pierre Flandin, French Minister for Foreign Affairs, on subjects including concerns about Italy; Ernst Toller; Folliott Sandford, Assistant Private Secretary to 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Cunliffe- Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame, Secretary of State for Air]; "Scribe" [Sir Edward Grigg, later 1st Lord Altrincham]; Herbert Williams [Director, Empire Industries Association]; Desmond Morton [Director, Industrial Intelligence Centre]; Spenser Grey.Other subjects include: German rearmament spending; the success of Leon Blum as Prime Minister of France.Also includes: extract from the Locarno Treaty on action to be taken against aggression; note on the reasons for doubting Germany's peaceful intentions; reprint from "International Affairs" of 1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran's address on the justification and scope of British rearmament, including speeches by John Morgan on German rearmament; press cutting from the Manchester Guardian with a letter by Eleanor Rathbone on WSC's figures for German rearmament; French figures from Flandin and Blum on German air strength; issue of Neue Tage-Buch with an article on claims by Sir Arnold Wilson [Chairman, Home Office Committee on Structural Precautions against Air Attack] on the falsity of WSC's information on German rearmament; precis from Rothermere of a book on Hitler's preparations for war, "Hitler's Motorisierte Stossarmee"; copies of correspondence by Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] and from WSC to individuals listed above, and also to 1st Lord Rennell [earlier Sir James Rennell Rodd], Sir Charles Mendl [Press Attache], British Embassy, Paris [France], and Leon Blum.


  • 07 Mar 1936 - 16 Nov 1936

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