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(Untitled), 01 Jan 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/198A/48-49

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Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to Foreign Office containing text of his weekly political summary, commenting on attitudes in the United States towards the military - political situation, criticisms of United States foreign policy, public anxiety and supplies for Europe. Subjects referred to include: the reverses on the Western Front caused by Rundstedt's offensive; the situation in Greece and WSC's visit to Athens; Conservatives lament regarding the demise of the Atlantic Charter "so cynically interred by Messrs. Churchill and Stalin"; and the need for a meeting of the heads of the three major Allies. Halifax concludes that the temporary concentration of criticism on British foreign policies is largely giving way to meditation on other troubles, and in particular on American foreign policy and on the military situation. [Typescript] WSC has annotated section about Walter Lippman with a cross in red ink. Halifax reports that Lippman was particularly pleased about his talks in London with the Ministry of Information, "whom he singled out for praise upon his return, in contrast with other eminent persons, who, he implied, had not been equally accessible to him".


  • 01 Jan 1945

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Open, with the exception of folios 63 and 202 which have been closed on the instructions of the Cabinet Office under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act but are available in 'sanitised' form. Review 2021.

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Copyright: Crown copyright


2 folio(s)

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