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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 08 Nov 1942 - 10 Dec 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/187A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (11 November) on the war situation including: successes in Egypt and the second battle of El Alamein; armaments supplied by the United States; agreements with Stalin; operations in the Mediterranean and changes in command in the Middle East; instructions to General Sir Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] and General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the 8th Army]; tank tactics and the successes of the RAF. Also includes correspondence from: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet], General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff]; Sydney Redman [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War] (2), Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary], Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air](2), Leo Amery [Secretary of State for India and Burma (later Myanmar); notes and copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]; and extracts from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6696-709.Speech notes for WSC's speech (10 December) in secret session on Admiral Jean Darlan and the North African landings including: the unshackling of prisoners over Christmas; Operation "Torch" [code name for the Allied landings]; United States policy regarding Vichy France. Also includes correspondence from: Sidney Hebblethwaite; 2nd Lord Hamilton of Dalzell; James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] (2); 1st Lord Tyrrell; a copy of a letter from Robert Boothby to The Times; and notes and copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC], John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], and Colonel Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6718-30.


  • Creation: 08 Nov 1942 - 10 Dec 1942

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