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"A total and unmitigated defeat", 05 Oct 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/130/354-379

Scope and Contents

Notes for WSC's speech on the Munich [Germany] agreement, the acceptance of the German military occupation of the Sudetenland [Czechoslovakia, later Czech Republic and Slovakia], the "abandonment & ruin" of [Czechoslovakia], Germany's strength in Eastern and Central Europe, its impact on Britain and France, and WSC's efforts to secure defences.Typescript speaking notes laid out in "psalm" form to aid delivery with handwritten annotations and amendments by WSC in red and black ink. Two press cuttings (from which WSC quotes) are pasted into the notes.


  • Creation: 05 Oct 1938

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Copyright: WSC


26 folio(s)

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External Documents


Complete Speeches VI pp 6004-13 (but note that the published version is a record of the speech as delivered and there are differences with these speaking notes).

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