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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 23 May 1940 - 19 Jun 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/172

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Statement by WSC (23 May) on fighting in France. Published: Complete Speeches VI p 6223.Statement by WSC (28 May) on the fall of Belgium. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6223-4.Speech notes for WSC's speech (4 June) entitled "Wars are not won by evacuations" on the fall of Belgium, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk [France] and the successes of the RAF. Speech includes the phrase "We shall fight on the beaches . . . We shall never surrender". Source material includes correspondence on aspects of the Home Front including food and rationing, civil defence, evacuation of children, housing and the health service and notes from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC]. Correspondents include: Robert Harvey [Private Secretary, Ministry of Food]; [Sydney] Wilkinson; Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook Personal Assistant to Sir John Anderson, later 1st Lord Waverley] (2); Denis O'Neill [Private Secretary to Minister of Transport, Sir John Reith]; Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich, Minister of Information]; and Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Secretary of State for War]. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6225-31.Speech notes and source material for WSC's speech (18 June) entitled "Their Finest Hour" on fighting invasion by Germany and forecasting the Battle of Britain and the determination of the RAF. Source material includes correspondence from General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff] and Josiah Wedgwood. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6231-8.For further material for the above speeches see CHAR 9/140.


  • Creation: 23 May 1940 - 19 Jun 1940

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