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Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 01 Dec 1944 - 08 Feb 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/205A-D

Scope and Contents

Speech notes for WSC's speech (18 January) on the war situation and foreign policy including: the certainty of victory; the importance of unconditional surrender; praise for President Roosevelt; the importance of establishing democratic government in liberated countries with reference to the situations in Italy, Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], and Greece; casualty figures for troops from the United States and the British empire; the Soviet Union advance into Germany; and operations in Burma [later Myanmar] and the Philippines. Also includes correspondence and source material from: Sir Reginald Leeper, British Ambassador to Greece; 3rd Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer, Minister of Economic Warfare]; "Betty", Harold Stark; Oliver [Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] Minister of Production; Sir Noel Charles [High Commander in Italy]; Bernard Sendall; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] Foreign Secretary; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to Minister of Defence, WSC] (2); 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann, Paymaster General]; and Pierson Dixon [Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary]; notes and copies of correspondence from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC], Elizabeth Layton [Secretary to WSC], John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] and Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to WSC]; extracts from Hansard; BBC bulletins on parliamentary debates on Greece; drafts of a broadcast by WSC proposed for December 1944; newscuttings; a printed volume of correspondence on South Eastern Europe (1924) and a 1935 Annual Report on Greece. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7083-103.


  • Creation: 01 Dec 1944 - 08 Feb 1945

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