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Public and Political: General: Defence: Correspondence and papers., 09 Jan 1937 - 23 Feb 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/302

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Correspondents include: Sir Philip Gibbs on the inefficiency of the RAF; Sir Eustace Tennyson d'Eyncourt [former Vice-President of the Tank Board] (2); Sir William Beveridge [Director of London School of Economics and Political Science]; Oswald Frewen on working with German and Italian sailors, German fanaticism, Italian aid to Franco and how the policies of Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] encourage Germany and Italy; Leo Amery; Basil Liddell Hart; Vice-Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson [3rd Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy] on the superior force of German cruisers; Sir Samuel Hoare [First Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Templewood]; Neville Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on making profits from armaments manufacture; Air Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, [Commandant], Imperial Defence College; Lieutenant-Colonel [John] Sandeman Allen (2); Field-Marshal Sir Cyril Deverell [Chief of Imperial General Staff]; "Harry" [2nd Lord Melchett, earlier Sir Henry Mond] on WSC's speech on the National Defence Contribution (1 June); Sir Norman Angell; Sir Hugh Tudor; Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] on subjects including the success of the Conference of Mediterranean Powers at Nyon [Switzerland], on attacks on shipping and the effects of the Anglo-French naval and air combination in the Mediterranean (4); "Van" [Sir Robert Vansittart, Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on an article by WSC on the Pacific, including the implications of an increase in the naval strength of the United States, and the attitude of Chiang Kai-shek to Japan; "Harold R" [1st Lord Rothermere, earlier Sir Harold Harmsworth] on WSC's belief in the invincibility of the French army; Desmond Morton [Director, Industrial Intelligence Centre].Other subjects include: the inferiority of British battleship armaments; tank production; the functions of the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence; the use of decoy ships in the Mediterranean; Admiralty confidence against German submarines; reporting of WSC's speeches in the Times and Daily Telegraph.Also includes: memorandum by Sir William Beveridge on the Home Front, including civil defence, food control, transport, National Service, and a Home Front General Staff; memorandum by Leo Amery on army reform; press cutting from the Morning Post with an article by [? Bernard Acworth], naval correspondent, on the inferiority of British cruisers; memorandum by Field- Marshal Sir Cyril Deverell on the mechanization of cavalry regiments; note by Desmond Morton on changes to the ordnance departments in the War Office, and the need for a separate Ministry of Supply; copy of a letter from Colonel George Turner [former Superintendent, Design Department, Royal Arsenal] on German air superiority; press cuttings from the Evening Standard on British naval inferiority; notes and copies of correspondence by WSC and Violet Pearman [Secretary to WSC] to individuals listed above and also to others including Sir Herbert Creedy [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War], [Edward Fitzroy], Speaker of the House of Commons and 1st Lord Camrose [Editor- in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph, earlier Sir William Berry].


  • Creation: 09 Jan 1937 - 23 Feb 1938

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