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Literary: correspondence with consultants and others on WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War", mainly volumes 1 to 4), C-I., Jun 1946 - Dec 1950

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/19A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] on the atomic bomb; R V Jones; Sir Laurence Collier [British Ambassador to Norway]; William Deakin (12); Ian Colvin (4) including (2) on his book on [General Paul] von Kleist; Robert Sherwood; Sir Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] (2); Sir Stafford Cripps sending on extracts from his diary for summer 1939; [George Gordon] Allen (2); Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (3) including (2) on sending draft chapters to Daniel Davin; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet until 1946] (3); Ronald Fraser, Cabinet Office; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947] (3); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (5); Oliver Stanley; Walter Fletcher; General Sir Bernard Freyberg; Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] (4); Major-General Sir Leslie Hollis [Deputy Secretary (Military) of the Cabinet]; General 1st Lord Ismay (21); Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to Prime Minister Clement Attlee]; John Gandee, Private Secretary, India Office (3). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: [literary assistants] Denis Kelly and Charles Wood; secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Anne Hipwell, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Alexander Cadogan, Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine], and John Colville.Other subjects include: matters covered in the memoirs including individuals such as Neville Chamberlain, General Charles de Gaulle, Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Mark Clark, and the D-Day invasion, the Norwegian campaign, relations with the New Zealand government, the Italian Empire, operation "Shrapnel" [codename for proposed operation to seize the Cape Verde Islands, Atlantic Ocean], the war in Greece particularly the battle for Crete, the war in the Far East particularly the fall of Singapore and Japanese torpedo bombers, German-Soviet relations, the role of King Leopold of Belgium, "Husky" [codename for Allied landings in Sicily], Eden's resignation in 1938, the fall of France, and the campaign in north Africa; comments on the memoirs; post-war French views on Germany; matters concerning the production of the memoirs, including comments on proofs, the index to volume 2 ("Their Finest Hour"), photographing WSC, and sending the proofs to Ismay; obtaining a car for Deakin; the government publication of various wartime despatches; the Swiss translation of the memoirs; the exchange of letters between King George VI and WSC at the time of D-Day.Also includes: galley proofs of volume 3 ("The Grand Alliance"), chapter 3, "Blitz and anti-Blitz" with annotations by Jones; lists of people to be sent complimentary copies of volumes; text of BBC review of volume 2 by Duff Cooper; synopsis of TV instalments of [Eisenhower's] "Crusade in Europe"; cuttings; bibliographical information from Deakin; copy of "The Defense of Wake" by Lieutenant-Colonel Heinl; annotated proofs and corrections from Ismay; copy of 1944 letter from Admiral [Sir] Bertram Ramsay (Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force) and 1941 minute from Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet].

Dates

  • Jun 1946 - Dec 1950

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Extent

2 file(s) (2 files (396 loose folios))

Language of Materials

English