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Public and Political: General: Political: Defence: miscellaneous correspondence and papers., Feb 1947 - Sep 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/36

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Correspondents include: A V Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough], Minister of Defence [until February 1950] (3); George Ward; Antony Head (3); Arthur Henderson [later Lord Rowley, Secretary of State for Air]; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] (2); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon]; David Hunt [Private Secretary to Prime Minister Clement Attlee] (2); Captain Alan Hillgarth [earlier Alan Evans] on Soviet forces in Europe and Soviet affairs (7); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party], Antony Head, and [Arthur] Vere Harvey [later Lord Harvey of Prestbury] (joint statement) on the state of the services; Emanuel Shinwell, Minister of Defence [from February 1950]; Robert Boothby; Harold Watkinson on international commando brigades (3); Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies; Neville Duke [Chief Test Pilot] of Hawker Aircraft Limited. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], and Grace Hamblin; CSC.Subjects covered by the file include: matters concerning military aviation, including B29 bombers, jet aircraft, and rocket propelled fighters; the disposition of the British army; atomic energy; United States military assistance; anti-submarine measures; British forces for Korea; the occupation statute in Germany; conscription issues; various technical developments in weaponry; combating communism.Also includes copies of: Ministry of Defence statements, and air, navy and army estimates; draft bilateral mutual defence assistance agreement with the United States; draft bill and white papers on national service and service emoluments; cuttings including articles by Boothby and William Brown; diagram and patent specification for a mortar bomb; Conservative Parliamentary Committee for Defence notes.


  • Creation: Feb 1947 - Sep 1951

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