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Literary: correspondence with consultants and others on WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War", mainly volumes 1 to 4), Pr-Z., Jul 1947 - Jul 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/21

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Correspondents include: James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin]; Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] on General Prioux's objections to his treatment in the memoirs; Sir Alexander Walker; Sir William Robieson, [editor] of the Glasgow Herald [Scotland]; Sir George Rendel [British Ambassador to Belgium] on Belgian troops in the Abyssinian [later Ethiopia] campaign (1941); Denis Richards; Eleanor Roosevelt on WSC publishing President Roosevelt's "Ship of State" letter; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (3) on subjects including using a quotation from WSC's memoirs and contacting Lord Wavell; Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor]; Duncan Sandys on tanks; "Top" [3rd Lord Selborne, earlier Lord Wolmer] on Italian resistance; Sir Edward Spears on his review of "Their Finest Hour" (volume 2); William Deakin (2); Sir Robert Watson-Watt on radar; 1st Lord Wavell (3); General 1st Lord Ismay. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Chips Gemmell, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Orme Sargent [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], Sir John Singleton, Oliver Stanley, and Charles Thompson [former Personal Assistant to WSC].Other subjects include: a search for the source of a Scottish quotation; the reprint of "The Gathering Storm" (volume 1); Henry Morgenthau's [former United States Secretary to the Treasury] publication of the Quebec [Canada] agreement; the removal of passages from the Life Magazine serialisation of the memoirs until after the 1950 general election; matters covered in the text of the memoirs including relative air strengths, the inter-war years, and ascertaining the dates of meetings; various comments on the proofs; General Maxime Weygand's memoirs; the title of volume 3 ("The Grand Alliance").Also includes: translation and article from Pravda by Lieutenant-General Vorobyev; copies of "A Sough o' War" by Charles Murray and "Arms and the Man" by Wavell; cuttings on the memoirs.


  • Creation: Jul 1947 - Jul 1950

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