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(Untitled), 16 Oct 1938

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/132/94-110

Scope and Contents

Draft speaking notes for WSC's broadcast to the United States([United States National Broadcasting Company]) entitled "The defence of freedom and peace" on the need for the democracies, including the United States, to unite against the dictatorships. At the start of the speech WSC says that it may not be possible to broadcast to the US in future because "The stations are closing down; the lights are going out". Issues covered include: the consequences of the "abandonment" of Czechoslovakia; likelihood of war; a call for the English-speaking peoples to "join hands together over land and sea" to ensure peace; the strength and efficiency of the Nazi totalitarian state and air power; the [Sino-Japanese war]; struggles against fascism in Spain; the need for the Unites States to join Britain and France; and the power of "a little mouse of thought" against dictators. WSC concludes by calling for action by the English-speaking peoples. Typescript draft notes annotated in black and red ink and blue crayon showing many edits and changes by WSC.

Dates

  • 16 Oct 1938

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: Churchill Family

Extent

16 folio(s)

Language of Materials

English

Related Materials

Published versions of the broadcast can be found at CHAR 9/132/111 and CHAR 9/132/112-113 and proofs at CHAR 9/132/114-119.

Bibliography

Complete Speeches VI pp 6015-7.

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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