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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 19 Jul 1944 - 08 Aug 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/200A-B

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's statement (2 August) on the war situation including: successes against Germany and Japan world-wide including the Far East; decisions made at the Quebec [Canada] conference; the Normandy landings; RAF losses; the tanks supplied by the United States and praise for the Sherman and Churchill tanks; the progress of General Sir Harold Alexander [Commander in Chief of the Allied Armies in Italy]; his hopes of victory; flying bombs and the evacuation of London; improved American-French relations; and affairs in Poland, Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey. Also includes correspondence from: Richard Chilver (3); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence, WSC] (2); James McGregor [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War](3); [Arthur] Brian Boyle [Military Assistant to Chief of the Imperial General Staff]; Cyril Wallworth [Assistant Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] (2); Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet]; Francis Turnbull [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for India]; 3rd Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer, Minister of Economic Warfare]; John Pimlott [Private Secretary to Home Secretary]; Michael Reed [Private Secretary to Minister of Health]; Alan Hodge; Pierson Dixon [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary]; Bernard Sendall; Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War; Harry Hopkins [aide to President Roosevelt]; James Stuart [Government Chief Whip]; 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]; extracts from Hansard; newspaper cuttings; and reports on enemy press reaction to the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 6968-85.


  • 19 Jul 1944 - 08 Aug 1944

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