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Speeches: Non House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 12 Oct 1942 - 06 Dec 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/189

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (12 October, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland) on receiving the freedom of the city entitled "Our greatest glory" on: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth; the death of George, Duke of Kent; his visit to inspect the fleet; his links with Scotland; speeches made by Hitler, [Joachim von] Ribbentrop and [Hermann] Goering; events and operations in the Soviet Union and the Battle of the Atlantic. Also includes correspondence from Captain Ronald Brockman [Admiral's Secretary to 1st Sea Lord] and Thomas Johnston [Secretary of State for Scotland]; notes and copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]; and press cuttings. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6679-84.Speech notes for WSC's speech (10 November, Lord Mayor's Banquet, Mansion House, London) entitled "A new experience - victory" which includes the phrases "I have never promised anything but blood, tears, toil and sweat. Now, however, we have a new experience. We have victory" and the phrase "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning" which covers successes in the war and the achievements of General Sir Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief Middle East] and General Sir Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding the 8th Army]. Also includes correspondence from: 1st Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States]; Alfred Ryan [Editor of BBC News Services] (2); Oliver Harvey [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary] on foreign affairs; General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff] and notes and copies of correspondence and notes from John Martin. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6692-5.Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (29 November) entitled "The bright gleam of victory" on the Battle of El Alamein [Egypt] and progress in North Africa, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the Soviet Union and condemning the actions of Mussolini. Also includes correspondence from: Harry Hopkins [Aide to President Roosevelt]; Saville Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Dominions]; Dr Pieter Gerbrandy [Prime Minister of the Netherlands]; notes from Sir Orme Sargent; and copies of correspondence and notes from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6710-15.


  • Creation: 12 Oct 1942 - 06 Dec 1942

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