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Speeches: speech notes (some by WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty) and other material., 08 Aug 1939 - 24 Jan 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/138

Scope and Contents

Notes for WSC's broadcast (8 August, United States [National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "A hush over Europe" on German and Italian war preparations, and [Adolf] Hitler's pivotal role. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6149-51.Notes for WSC's broadcast (1 October, BBC) entitled "The first month of war" on Poland, the Soviet Union, U-boat attacks, the situation in Britain, and Franco-British relations, which includes the phrase that Russia "is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". Also includes cuttings from the Listener, the News Chronicle, and Vital speeches of the day (entitled "We will deal with performances, not promises") containing the text of WSC's broadcast, and one from the Daily Express reporting it. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6160-4.Notes for WSC's broadcast (12 November, BBC) entitled "Ten weeks of war" on the German threat at sea and in the air, and Germany's inability to involve Italy and Japan. Also includes various cuttings reporting WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6171-5.Notes for WSC's statement (13 December, House of Lords) on British naval strength, the U-boat war, pocket battleships, mines, and losses. Also used for a statement in the House of Commons (24 January 1940) [see CHAR 9/143].Notes for WSC's broadcast (18 December, BBC) on the battle of the River Plate and the scuttling of the Graf Spee. Also includes various cuttings reporting WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6179-82.


  • 08 Aug 1939 - 24 Jan 1940

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