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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 30 Apr 1941 - 10 Jun 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/178A-C

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Speech notes for statement by WSC (30 April) on the evacuation of Empire forces from Greece, giving details of casualties. Published: Complete Speeches VI, p 6385.Speech notes for WSC's speech (7 May) on the war situation including: a Vote of Confidence in parliament; events and operations in Greece, the Balkans, and Libya including the defence of Tobruk against forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel; a comparison of Hitler with Napoleon; production of tanks; the Battle of the Atlantic and losses of merchant ships to U Boats. Source material includes notes from Eric Seal [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and correspondence from Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] and General John Dill [Chief of Imperial General Staff]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6387-99.Statement by WSC (27 May) on the Battle of Crete [Greece] and notes on the sinking of the Bismarck. Speech notes not complete. Source material includes correspondence from General Dill. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6404-6.Speech notes for WSC's speech (10 June) on the loss of HMS Hood, the sinking of the Bismarck, the Battle of Crete, the Battle of the Atlantic, allocation of forces to the Middle East, events and operations in Syria and Libya and parliamentary questions over the conduct of the war. Source material includes notes from Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and correspondence from Norman Macmillan, Albert Alexander and Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley, Lord President of the Council. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6408-23.For further material for the above speeches see CHAR 9/146 and CHAR 9/147.


  • 30 Apr 1941 - 10 Jun 1941

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