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Speeches: Non House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 15 Feb 1942 - 15 Mar 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/188A-B

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (15 February) on the fall of Singapore and reviewing the war. Subjects covered include: the Atlantic Charter and assistance provided by the United States; operations in the Soviet Union; the entry of Japan into the war; the Home Front and difficulties of food supply; and the strength of China. Also includes correspondence from James Stuart [Government Chief Whip]; Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Secretary of State for Air]; [General Wladyslaw] Sikorski [Prime Minister of Poland] and notes and copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] . Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6583-87.Speech notes for WSC's speech (26 March, Central Council of National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, Caxton Hall, London) entitled "A very hard war" on setbacks in Libya, Greece, the fall of Singapore, pressure created by Japan's entry into the war, the Battle of the Atlantic, the strength of the Conservative Party, and his concern that reconstruction should not be given priority during the war. Also includes correspondence from James Stuart and Sir Robert Topping, General Director of Conservative and Unionist Central Office; copies of correspondence and notes from Colonel Harvie Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC]; press cuttings; a pamphlet about the meeting; and extracts from Labour party speeches and articles. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6604-7.Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (10 May) on the 2 years he has spent as Prime Minister including: a review of the war; condemnation for Hitler; events and operations in the Soviet Union; the bombing of Germany; and the possibility of using poison gas. Also includes correspondence from: Ronald Melville [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air]; Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to President Roosevelt]; Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information]; Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States]; George Cornwallis West; and copies of notes and correspondence from Francis Brown and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6629-35.Also includes file cover for speech which is not present.


  • 15 Feb 1942 - 15 Mar 1942

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2 file(s) (2 bound files (221 folios))

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