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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 08 Sep 1942 - 11 Sep 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/186A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (8 September) on the war situation including: his position as Prime Minister; the success of getting supplies to Malta; successes of United States and Australian troops against Japan in Pacific; the U Boat war; the United States mission of Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt], General George Marshall [Chief of Staff, United States Army] and Admiral Ernest King [Commander in Chief United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations] to Great Britain; WSC's visits to the Middle East and to the Soviet Union and his impressions of Stalin; the appointments of General Sir Harold Alexander as Commander in Chief Middle East and General Sir Bernard Montgomery as General Officer Commanding the 8th Army and observations on desert warfare. Also includes notes from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and correspondence from Cyril Wallworth [Assistant Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6665-75.Speech notes for WSC's speech (10 September) on India including the rejection of the mission under the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Stafford Cripps] by the Indian Congress Party; comments on disturbances and the internment of Mahatma Gandhi. Also includes correspondence from: Patrick Donner, Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma, later Myanmar] (3), Francis Turnbull [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for India] (4), Martin Russell [Assistant Private Secretary to Lord Privy Seal], [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Alexander Hope] Governor General and Viceroy of India, Herbert Williams, Francis Harrison [1st Secretary, India Office], and William Ashley-Brown [former Archdeacon of Bombay]; telegrams on disturbances in India; and notes and copies of correspondence from Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6675-7.Speech notes for WSC's statement (11 September) on Madagascar. Also includes correspondence from Leslie Hollis and information on recommendations for honours. Published: Complete Speeches VI, p 6678.Also includes file of general notes for speeches including correspondence from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet].


  • Creation: 08 Sep 1942 - 11 Sep 1942

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