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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 10 Aug 1942 - 17 Feb 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/190A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (11 February) on the war situation including: the U Boat war; losses on all fronts; ship-building in the United States; decisions made at the Casablanca [Morocco] with President Roosevelt; a tribute to the achievements of General Sir Harold Alexander as Commander in Chief Middle East and General Sir Bernard Montgomery as General Officer commanding the 8th Army; support for Turkey; his visit to Cyprus, Cairo [Egypt] and Tripoli [Italy]; events and operations in the Soviet Union and North West Africa; changes in command and the positions of General Dwight Eisenhower as Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in North Africa and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder as Air Commander in Chief, Mediterranean. Also includes correspondence from General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff] (3); Francis Keenlyside [Assistant Secretary in charge of Shipping Policy]; Brendan Bracken [Minister of Information]; [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] Chief of Air Staff; Alan Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Information]; copies of telegrams from General Sir Harold Alexander, President Roosevelt (3), Stalin; Dwight Eisenhower (3) and copies of WSC's replies; notes and correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC], Colonel Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC], John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches, VII, pp 6742-55.


  • Creation: 10 Aug 1942 - 17 Feb 1943

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