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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 18 Feb 1944 - 22 Mar 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/197A-C

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's speech (22 February) on the progress of the war and the international situation including: the strength of the forces of Germany; successes in the Soviet Union and through bombing attacks on Germany; the importance of the role played by the Royal Navy and the RAF; a prediction of increased attack in 1944; events and operations in Italy, Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia] and Greece; the principles of the choice of commanders for joint operations; his meeting with Chiang Kai-Shek; the Cairo [Egypt] Conference; negotiations about the position of Poland; and the principle of unconditional surrender. Also includes correspondence from Arthur Harvie [Bomber Command]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence, WSC] (2); Brendan Bracken, Minister of Information; Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty]; Jack Stafford; Richard Chilver; Roger Fulford [Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Air]; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann, Paymaster-General]; Sir Reginald Leeper, British Ambassador to Greece; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] (2) and Nicholas Morrison [Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War]; notes and copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC], and John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]; and instructions from WSC regarding the drafting of the speech. Published Complete Speeches, VII, pp 6881-94. Speech notes for WSC's speech (22 March) on war decorations and medals. Source material includes correspondence from Sir Richard Knox, Secretary of the Public Honours Scrutiny Committee and notes from John Martin. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6900-5.


  • Creation: 18 Feb 1944 - 22 Mar 1944

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