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Speeches: Non House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 15 Mar 1945 - 13 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/207A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (15 March, Conservative Party Conference) including: the absence of party politics during the war; thanks for support of government policy in Greece; the likelihood of a general election; post-war reconstruction including rebuilding, agriculture and education; and the importance of continuing the war against Japan. Includes the phrase "When I became Prime Minister I promised nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat". Also includes correspondence from: Basil Engholm, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Food; Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe], Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Party (3); 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann, Paymaster General]; Brigadier-General Lord Croft; Bernard Sendall; notes and copies of correspondence from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] and John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]; the conference agenda; and a summary of press reaction to the speech in the United States and in Germany.Speech notes for WSC's VE Day broadcast (8 May) announcing the unconditional surrender of Germany and the cease fire agreement. Also includes correspondence from Mackenzie King [Prime Minister of Canada]; John [Beresford] Clark, BBC Controller, European Service; and Sir John Simon.Speech notes for WSC's broadcast (13 May) entitled "Forward, till the whole task is done" including: the strength of the National Government and the British Empire; a review of the events of the war including the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, criticism of [Eamon] De Valera over the failure to defend Southern Ireland [Ireland], and the entry of the United States into the war; and a warning of effort to come. Includes a repetition of WSC's phrase "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". Also includes correspondence from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] and Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] Foreign Secretary; notes and copies of correspondence from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] and John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC]; and a summary of press reaction to the speech in Turkey and Spain. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7157-63.


  • Creation: 15 Mar 1945 - 13 May 1945

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