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Speeches: speech notes (by WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty) and other material., 20 Jan 1940 - 29 Feb 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/143

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Notes for WSC's broadcast (20 January, BBC) on the war situation, entitled "A house of many mansions" on the German threat to neutral and allied shipping, to neutral nations, and Finland's stand against the Soviet Union. Also includes cuttings from the Times and the Listener containing the text of WSC's broadcast. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6183-6.Notes for WSC's statement (24 January, House of Commons 1922 Committee) on British naval strength, the U-boat war, pocket battleships, mines, and losses [same text as for statement to the House of Lords, 13 December, see CHAR 9/138].Notes for WSC's speech (27 January, [Free Trade Hall] Manchester) entitled "Let us to the task" on the progress of the war, its effect on shipping, rationing, war production, British parliamentary government, and German atrocities in eastern and central Europe, which includes the phrase "It is a time to dare and endure". Also includes cuttings from the Manchester Guardian and the Yorkshire Post reporting WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6186-91.Note on WSC's speech (2 February, luncheon to Scandinavian journalists) on Scandinavia and the war.Rough notes for WSC's speech (15 February, [Plymouth]) on the homecoming of HMS Exeter and the battle of the River Plate. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6191-2.Notes for WSC's speech (23 February, Guildhall [London], luncheon for the crewmen of HMS Exeter and HMS Ajax) entitled "The navy is here!", paying tribute to the navy and the battle of the River Plate. Also includes cutting from the Times reporting the luncheon. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6192-3.Notes for WSC's speech (29 February, lobby journalists' luncheon) on his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, his parliamentary career, and memories of the House of Commons.


  • 20 Jan 1940 - 29 Feb 1940

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