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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 03 May 1944 - 06 Jul 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/199A-D

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's speech (24 May) on the foreign affairs debate entitled "The world situation" including: a meeting of the Dominion Prime Ministers; the unity of empire; discontinuation of arms to Turkey; the fall of Mussolini and the position of Italy; relations with and events in Spain, Greece, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Poland. Also includes correspondence from: Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] (4): Count Edward Reventlow [Danish Minister at the Court of St James]; Sir Orme Sargent [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; Pierson Dixon [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary] (9); 1st Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] (2); Peter Fraser [of the Empire Parliamentary Association]; Bernard Sendall; Sir Victor Mallet [British Minister in Stockholm, Sweden]; notes and copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], George Dodds [Private Secretary to WSC], Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC], John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], and Elizabeth Layton [Secretary to WSC]; offprints of The Times of the speech; extracts from Hansard; newspaper cuttings; notes of world-wide reaction to the speech; and an article by Sumner Welles [former United States Under Secretary of State]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6930-45.Speech notes for WSC's statement (6 June) on the invasion of France; the liberation of Rome [Italy]; the achievements of General Sir Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief of the Allied Armies in Italy]; the Normandy landings; and praise for General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6945-8.Speech notes for WSC's statement (6 July) on flying bombs including: the difficulty of publishing information; increased ARP; raids by Bomber Command; attacks on London and evacuation by the London County Council; and casualty figures. Also includes correspondence from: Herbert Morrison, Home Secretary and Minister of Home Security (2); "Archie" [Sir Archibald Sinclair, later 1st Lord Thurso] Secretary of State for Air; Michael Reed [Private Secretary to Minister of Health]; John Pimlott [Private Secretary to Home Secretary]; Duncan Sandys [Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Supply]; Wyndham Portal, Minister of Works; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] and CSC; notes and copies of correspondence from John Martin, Leslie Rowan, Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC], George Dodds and John Peck; and Cabinet minutes on flying bombs; summaries of speeches by WSC and Hitler; and intelligence reports on British morale. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6955-62.


  • 03 May 1944 - 06 Jul 1944

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4 file(s) (4 bound files (436 folios))

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