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Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on the Russian campaign., 18 Sep 1919 - 31 Oct 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 16/12

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Correspondents include: Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] (3); General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff] (9) on subjects including reorganising territorial divisions, Brigadier-General Edward Spears' position, and the strength of forces on the Rhine; Sir Hamar Greenwood [Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office] on commerce with south Russia; Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air]; General Sir Henry Horne (2); P Sabline [Russian Embassy]; Major-General Ernest Swinton on the importance of mechanised warfare; Hugh Frewen on his plans to go to Mesopotamia [later Iraq]; Sir Maurice Hankey [Secretary to the Cabinet]; Sir Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty] on pay for senior officers; Major-General Sir Alfred Knox [Chief of British Military Mission to Siberia]; General Sir Reginald Wingate (8); 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council, from 23 October, Foreign Secretary] (7); Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary, from 23 October, Lord President of Council] (3); Andrew Bonar Law [Lord Privy Seal]; Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain]; David Lloyd George; Harold Williams; Aylmer Maude; J A Spender, [Editor] of the Westminster Gazette; Brigadier-General Basil Hitchcock, Director General of Mobilisation; Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] (2); 2nd Lord Cromer [Equerry in Ordinary and Assistant Private Secretary to HM]; Sir James Stevenson [Surveyor-General of Supply] on the need for a Ministry of Supply; Randall [Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury]; Halford Mackinder accepting the post of High Commissioner with General Anton Denikin (2); Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer]; Lieutenant-General Sir George Macdonogh [Adjutant-General]; Ronald Campbell [Private Secretary to Curzon].Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Inverforth [earlier Andrew Weir, Minister of Munitions], 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V], Major-General Tom Bridges [Head of Military Mission Allied Armies of the Orient], Oliver Locker-Lampson, King George V, Sir Eric Geddes [Minister of Transport], Sir Auckland Geddes [Minister of National Service and Reconstruction], and Michael Dewar.Subjects covered by the file include: the home mechanical transport depot; matters concerning the campaign in Russia, including the situation in north Russia, tanks, support for Admiral Alexander Kolchak, Denikin, and General Nikolai Youdenitch, French policy, naval action, the stability of the Bolsheviks, Lieutenant-General Sir Hubert Gough's Baltic mission, evacuating British troops, Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Haking's role, atrocities against Jews, William O'Reilly's [Acting High Commissioner, Vladivostok, Russia] behaviour, the Polish front and railway matters; demobilisation; recommendations for honours, appointments, and promotions; Egyptian affairs; General 1st Lord Allenby; General Sir William Robertson [Commander-in-Chief, British Army on the Rhine] being appointed to Ireland; army expenditure; army venereal disease cases; [?Cecil] Malone MP; surplus stock.


  • Creation: 18 Sep 1919 - 31 Oct 1919

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1 file(s) (1 bound file (214 folios))

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