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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 23 Apr 1942 - 02 Jun 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/184A-C

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's speech (23 April) in secret session on the war situation including: Japan's entry into the war; setbacks including battleship losses; defence of the Admiralty over the escape of the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau; events and operations in the Far East, the Middle East and the Soviet Union; air battles including the bombing of Germany; and aircraft and ship production. Also includes correspondence from: Maurice Dean [Assistant Under Secretary of State, Air Ministry]; Francis Keenlyside [Private Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping and War Transport]; Sydney Redman [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War]; Lieutenant-Commander Ronald Brockman [Admiral's Secretary to 1st Sea Lord]; General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff]; Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air]; [Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton] Commander in Chief Ceylon; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon , Foreign Secretary]; and copies of notes and correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]; Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6611-27.Speech notes for WSC's statement (7 May) on the Madagascar landing. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6628.Speech notes for WSC's statement (2 June) on the war situation entitled "the Battle in Libya" which comprises a statement by General Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] on the attack against forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and on the air raid on Cologne [Germany]. Also includes correspondence from Eleanor Emery, General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence, WSC] and General Sir Alan Brooke [later 1st Lord Alanbrooke, Commander-in-Chief of the Home Forces]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6637-41.


  • 23 Apr 1942 - 02 Jun 1942

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3 file(s) (3 bound files (299 folios))

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