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(Untitled), 01 May 1944 - 31 May 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/152/5

Scope and Contents

Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, May 1944.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: the Chiefs of Staff; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers, particularly Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon]; Major-General Leslie Hollis [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Director of Military Intelligence [Major-General Francis Davidson]; Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]; General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe, United States Army]; Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory [Allied Air Commander for Overlord]; Gerald D'Erlanger, [Commanding Officer] Air Transport Auxiliary; Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force [Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder].Subjects covered by the minutes include: matters concerning operations in the Far East, including air requirements, South East Asia Command issues, and British Commonwealth forces; tensions with the Soviet Union over its influence in Europe; preparations for "Overlord", including discussion of the likely German reaction, informing General de Gaulle [President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic] and the Soviet Union, the role of the Polish division, and supplying men from the RAF regiment; Italian affairs, including supplying food to Rome [Italy]; French civil affairs; Lord Beaverbrook's [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Lord Privy Seal] role; dispatching British troops to Greece; Portuguese affairs; Admiral James Sommerville's [Commander of the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean] position; appointing Colonial administrators; relations with Belgium; the transfer of Italian warships to the Soviet Union; mistakes in SOE [Special Operations Executive Operations] and damage to Anglo-Soviet relations; honours and appointments.


  • Creation: 01 May 1944 - 31 May 1944

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Copyright: Crown


1 item(s) (1 56p)

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Former / Other Reference

M 479/4 - M 672/4; C 28/4 - C 36/4; D 137/4 - D 180/4; DM 9/4


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