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Speeches: speech notes and other material., 08 Dec 1941 - 21 Jan 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/153

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Cuttings from the Listener containing the text of WSC's broadcast (8 December, BBC) entitled "The Great Alliance of Free Peoples" on the attack on Pearl Harbor [United States], liaison with President Roosevelt, and the declaration of war on Japan. [Repeat of WSC's speech delivered to the House of Commons earlier that day with one added paragraph; for further material see CHAR 9/149 and CHAR 9/180] Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6523-6.Notes for WSC's broadcast (24 December, Washington [United States]) to the American people entitled "A Strange Christmas Eve", on the occasion of the lighting of the White House Christmas tree. Also includes: President Roosevelt's introduction to WSC, copy of press release of WSC's speech, and various press cuttings reporting the occasion. For description of set of speaking notes see, CHAR 9/153/3-6 Part published: Complete Speeches VI, p 6535.Notes for WSC's speech (26 December, Joint Session of Congress, Washington) on his democratic convictions, the resources available to the United States and Britain and relations between them, the north African campaign, and the war with Japan in the Far East. Also includes: notes from Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] and Guy Millard (Foreign Office); cutting from the Congressional Record and a pamphlet containing the text of WSC's speech; text of a tribute to WSC by Walter Lippmann; various press cuttings reporting the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6536-41.Notes for WSC's speech (30 December, Joint Session of Canadian Parliament, Ottawa) entitled "Some Chicken! Some Neck!" on Canada's contribution to the war effort, giving an overview of the course of the war, commenting particularly on the fall of France (one section of the speech is in French), and the entry of the Soviet Union and the United States into the conflict. Also includes various press cuttings reporting WSC's speech and a copy of the Official Report of the Canadian House of Commons containing its text. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6541-7.Also includes copies of Daily Telegraph supplement containing the texts of the above two speeches.Cutting from the Daily Telegraph reporting WSC's press conference (31 December, Ottawa) on Singapore and the Far East, the battle of the Atlantic, and action in other theatres.


  • Creation: 08 Dec 1941 - 21 Jan 1942

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