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Official: Prime Minister: printed copies of Personal Telegrams from WSC bound ususally in chronological order, with alphabetical name index at the back., May 1940 - Dec 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/14

Scope and Contents

Includes texts of telegrams from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Vice-Admiral [John] Cunningham [Commanding 1st Cruiser Squadron]; [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Secretary of State for War]; [Peter] Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand; Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood, Ambassador to Spain on Special Mission]; Sir Roger Keyes [Special Liaison Officer to King Leopold of Belgium]; Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada; 11th Lord Lothian [earlier Philip Kerr, British Ambassador to the United States]; Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia; [Benito] Mussolini; [Paul] Reynaud [Prime Minister of France]; President [Franklin] Roosevelt; General [Jan] Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa; Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun]; General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief Middle East; the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII].Subjects covered by the telegrams include: appeals for United States assistance with destroyers, aircraft, and munitions; relations with Italy; matters concerning the defence of France, including General [Maxime] Weygand's appointment, the British Expeditionary Force, Dunkirk, and air support; the defence of Great Britain; the fate of the French Fleet; an offer by WSC to [Marshal Joseph] Stalin; the Indian constitutional position; the situation in the Pacific; operation "Menace" against Dakar [Senegal]; the lease of British bases to the United States; French and South African gold; the reopening of the Burma road [between Burma (later Myanmar) and China]; relations with Vichy France; aid for Greece; United States intervention with regard to French capital ships; the Joint Air Training Plan; operations in north Africa; operation "Workshop" [proposed British seizure of Pantelleria]; ship building in Canada; the Japanese naval position; operations "Shrapnel" [code name for proposed operation to seize the Cape Verde Islands, Atlantic Ocean] and "Brisk".


  • Creation: May 1940 - Dec 1940

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1 volume(s) (33 folios)

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