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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 27 Jul 1943 - 13 Oct 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/192A-C

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (27 July) on the fall of Mussolini including an assessment of his regime and the principles to be used in negotiations with Italy; and also on events and operations in the Soviet Union and the bombing of Germany. Also includes correspondence from 1st Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States]; Francis Keenlyside [Assistant Secretary in charge of Shipping Policy]; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet]; and notes and copies of correspondence from John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] and Francis Brown [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6809-12.Speech notes and press cuttings for WSC's speech (21 September) on the war situation including: decisions regarding and operations in North Africa; decisions taken with President Roosevelt and Stalin; the bombing of Germany; operations in the Soviet Union, the Far East and South East Asia; the appointment of Lord Louis Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander in South East Asia; the U Boat war; ship-building; the conference at Quebec [Canada]; the downfall of Mussolini and terms of armistice with Italy. Includes correspondence from Robert Crawford [Private Secretary to Chief of Air Staff]; [Frederick] Leathers, Minister of War Transport (2); Francis Keenlyside (2); General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff]; Oliver Harvey [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary]; General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander in Chief India]; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann [Paymaster General]; copies of correspondence and notes from Leslie Rowan, John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], and John Peck; and a newspaper cutting about Mussolini. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6828-50.Speech notes for statement by WSC (12 October) on the Anglo-Portuguese agreement about Azores. Includes a letter from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6856-8.Speech notes for WSC's speech (13 October) on the coal mining situation including the importance of government unity, the postponement of a decision on nationalisation until after the war, and absenteeism and unrest among miners. Includes correspondence from Percival Cornelius [editor of Hansard] and David Serpell, Minister of Fuel and Power (3), and "Bobbety" [Lord Cranborne, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil, later 5th Lord Salisbury] and notes and copies of correspondence from Francis Brown and John Martin. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6859-67.


  • Creation: 27 Jul 1943 - 13 Oct 1943

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