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Literary: correspondence with consultants and others on WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War", mainly volumes 1 to 4), A-B., Sep 1945 - Jun 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/18A-B

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Correspondents include: William Deakin (9); [George Gordon] Allen (16); Sir John Slessor on information on the Coastal Command in 1943; Thomas Allen, publisher, on Canadian editions of the memoirs (5); 1st Lord Altrincham [earlier Sir Edward Grigg] on Sir Edward Spears reviewing "Their Finest Hour" (volume 2); "Max", 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken]; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (2); Ernest Passant, Director of Research, Librarian and Keeper of the Papers, Foreign Office (4); Alfred Bossom (2); Isaiah Berlin; Arthur Bertie; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947] (32); "Bill", 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief] of the Daily Telegraph; Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine]; Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine] (4); Alfred Bavin (3) and Ronald Fraser, Cabinet Office; Alexander Johnston and William Murrie (2) [Deputy Secretaries to the Cabinet]; Walter Graebner [London representative of Time-Life International]; Heinrich Bruning on German rearmament prior to the war (2); [Fischer] Burges Watson. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Chips Gemmell, Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Anne Hipwell, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Desmond Flower [Director of Cassell and Company] and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet until 1946].Other subjects include: other matters covered in the memoirs including the war in western Europe (particularly King Leopold and the capitulation of Belgium), the Far East, the Mediterranean, and north Africa, tank landing craft, the Bismarck, the magnetic mine campaign, the mobilisation of the British fleet during the Munich [Germany] crisis, German-Soviet relations, "Lend-lease", tensions with Australia, and WSC becoming PM in 1940; matters concerning the production of the memoirs, including maps, chapter organisation, books consulted, permission to quote from correspondence with the Dominion Prime Ministers, King George VI and President Roosevelt, comments on the proofs, and intelligence worries about printing cyphers used in telegrams; Allen's contract as naval advisor; requests to use material from the memoirs; Braille editions; United States publication of wartime documents; quoting WSC's minutes and telegrams in a volume of the official war history.Also includes: list of proofs in Allen's possession; various cuttings, publicity material, and a copy of "Eternity" magazine; material on the Belgian capitulation including Belgian reports, extracts from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes' [Special Liaison Officer to King of Belgium] diary, copies of 1940 letters from WSC, Keyes, and 6th Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker], and relevant galley proofs from volume 2; summaries of articles from German weeklies; copy of "The Bookman"; lists of wartime communications between WSC and the New Zealand government and Roosevelt; copy of 1942 paper by WSC on "Round-up" [later "Overlord", the codename for the Allied invasion of France]; list of corrections and suggestions by Brook.


  • Creation: Sep 1945 - Jun 1950

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