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Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives., 24 Nov 1942 - 28 Dec 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/11

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Printed directives by the Prime Minister, WSC, on subjects including: a forecast of the arrival of American forces in Britain; enemy strength in Tunisia, including notes by General Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC]; over- optimism on post-war conditions; Sir William Beveridge's report on social security; demands on shipping by overseas cereal requirements; the ringing of church bells; telegrams between WSC and Stalin on Soviet-Polish relations; Jewish immigration into Palestine, including a speech by WSC (1939); British and American merchant shipping losses; a record of the meeting at the British Embassy, Washington [United States] between WSC and Henry Wallace, United States Vice-President, Henry Stimson, United States Secretary of War, Harold Ickes, United States Secretary of the Interior, Senator Tom Connally, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sumner Welles, United States Under-Secretary of State, on the structure of a post-war settlement; correspondence between WSC, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso], Secretary of State for Air, and Herbert Morrison, Minister for Home Security, on the defence of dams and reservoirs; the organisation of command in East Asia; post-war civil aviation; a speech by WSC as Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Trade Disputes Bill (1927); man-power shortages in the Forces; the fall of Benito Mussolini, including telegrams between WSC and President Franklin Roosevelt; the shackling of Allied prisoners of war; statistics for bombing operations, January - June 1943; statistics for enemy U-boats; WSC's speech at Harvard [United States] on a permanent Anglo-American military union, including a summary of American press comments; the function of the Minister of Reconstruction; the unsatisfactory course of the war in the Mediterranean; WSC's objections to an Allied Supreme Commander.Also includes: notes by Kathleen Hill [Secretary to WSC] (1946) and Denis Kelly [Literary Assistant to WSC] (1950); an article from the Evening Standard by Joseph Martin, Leader of the Republican Party, United States, on his party's policy; Pierre Flandin and the French authorities in North Africa, on Admiral Jean Darlan [Chief of State, French Africa]'s illegal position, having been appointed by Marshal Henri Petain [Chief of the French State], and on the need for new pro-Allied government in the French territories; the Paymaster-General [1st Lord Cherwell, earlier F A Lindemann] on the worsening shipping position; an extract from the Daily Herald on the Town and Country Planning Bill; an Intelligence Staffs note on the increase of German armed forces; Sir Kingsley Wood, Chancellor of the Exchequer, on future financial planning; telegrams from the War Cabinet to the Joint Staff Mission, Washington [United States], on draft instruments of surrender for Italy.


  • Creation: 24 Nov 1942 - 28 Dec 1943

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