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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 25 Jun 1941 - 09 Sep 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/179A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (25 June) in a secret session debate on shipping, the Battle of the Atlantic, merchant shipping losses, imports and the threat posed by U-Boats. Source material includes correspondence from Sir Andrew Hardinge [Private Secretary to King George VI] (2), Eric Speed (2), Percy Cudlipp, editor of the Daily Herald, and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet] (2); copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]; and an extract from a speech by Hitler. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6431-44.Speech notes for statement by WSC (9 July) on the occupation of Iceland by United States troops. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6446-7.Statement by WSC (9 July) on losses in Syria. Speech notes not present.Statement by Clement Attlee, Lord Privy Seal, in the absence of WSC (6 August) on the war situation. Speech notes not present. Source material includes: correspondence from Attlee, Sir Edward Bridges and copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan and John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC].Speech notes for WSC's speech (9 September) on the war situation including his meeting with President Roosevelt and the 8 point Declaration [Atlantic Charter]; his visit to Iceland; the threat posed by U-Boats, events and operations in Iraq, Syria, Persia [Iran]; and the German attack on the Soviet Union. Source material includes correspondence from Eric Speed, Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma], Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]; and a timetable of events. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6480-90.Also includes a file cover for a speech which is not present. For further material for some of the above speeches see also CHAR 9/147 and CHAR 9/148.


  • 25 Jun 1941 - 09 Sep 1941

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