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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 05 Sep 1940 - 08 Oct 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/174A-C

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Statement by WSC (5 September) on the war situation and an agreement with the United States over destroyers and defence bases, events in Romania, the achievements of the RAF, damage through bombing and the insurance scheme, evacuation, air raid warnings and other Home Front issues. Source material includes: notes and correspondence from Air Marshal Sir Richard Peirse [Vice-Chief of Air Staff], Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook] (2), Arthur Cary [Assistant Principal, Air Ministry] (4), Evelyn Maude, [Henry] Wilson Smith, Arthur Greenwood, Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley, Home Secretary] on subjects including local government finance and internment of Germans and Austrians. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6269-75.Speech notes for WSC's speech (17 September) on the war situation including the progress of the RAF, the bombing of London, civilian casualties, ARP, and secret session notes on parliamentary procedures during wartime. Source material includes copies of letters from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and correspondence on casualty figures. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6277-83.Speech notes for WSC's speech (8 October) on the Battle of Britain, the Home Guard and the Home Front, Hitler's threat to invade Britain, events at Dakar [Senegal], the desertion of Vichy France, the Burma road and events in Spain. Source material includes: notes from Eric Seal, [Henry] Wilson Smith, Bernard Sendall, Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air] and Norman Brook on subjects including allowances to the forces and the Far Eastern front. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6284-94.For further material for the above speeches see CHAR 9/141 and CHAR 9/142.


  • Creation: 05 Sep 1940 - 08 Oct 1940

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