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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-L., Sep 1946 - Mar 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/22

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Correspondents include: [George Gordon] Allen (6); William Deakin (5); Prime Minister Clement Attlee on House of Commons' questions on German invasion plans in 1940; Eva, Lady Keyes, on 1st Lord Keyes and King Leopold of Belgium (2); Arthur Birse [one of WSC's wartime interpreters] on WSC's talks with Marshal Stalin in 1942; Alfred Bossom; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet until 1946] (4); Sir Philip Morris [later 1st Lord Morris of Kenwood]; Sir George Bull; Ronald Fraser, Cabinet Office (3); 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] on a 1948 visit to Morocco; John Martin [former Private Secretary to WSC] on wartime diagrams by Cherwell; Eric Bowyer, Director of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors, on the Ministry of Aircraft Production; representatives of Collier's magazine on a proposed article on WSC (4); "Peter", Patrick Kinna (2); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947] (10); William Murrie [Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet]; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (2); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (4); Sir Ian Fraser, Chairman of St Dunstan's, on publishing the memoirs in talking book form; General Charles de Gaulle (2); General Alphonse Georges; Lord Duncannon [earlier Frederick Ponsonby, later 10th Lord Bessborough, 2nd Secretary], British Embassy, Paris [France]; Albert Goodwin on the Blitz (5); Laurence Grand; General 1st Lord Ismay; Hilary Saunders, Librarian, House of Commons; Lieutenant-General Sir Ian Jacob on his diary for WSC's trip to the Middle East and Moscow [Soviet Union], 1942 (2); Aubrey Halford [later Aubrey Halford-MacLeod, Principal Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to King George VI] on the King approving the publication of various items (3); Sir Alexander King; Henry Luce [owner and editor of Time Magazine]; John Pafford, Goldsmiths' Librarian, University of London. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Grace Hamblin,Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Anne Hipwell, Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], and Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel]; [literary assistant] Denis Kelly; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Leslie Rowan [former Private Secretary to WSC].Other subjects include: discussion of matters arising from the memoirs, including action by HMS Acasta in 1940, the battle for France including criticism of General Andre Corap's army and WSC's meetings with de Gaulle, the British financial position at the start of the war, the inter-war defence position including relative British and German air strengths, Eden's resignation in 1938, pre-war German intrigues, Hitler's health, and Polish affairs; matters concerning production and printing, including material used and corrections; WSC providing signed copies; Braille and foreign rights; Sir Alfred Duff Cooper's [later 1st Lord Norwich] review of "The Gathering Storm" (volume 1); comments (including by Joseph Kennedy), and questions on and suggested amendments to the memoirs; government publication of various wartime despatches.Also includes: a 1940 account by Able Seaman Carter of the Acasta; corrections, notes, and comments by Deakin, Isaiah Berlin, Cherwell, and Pownall; various cuttings including letters to the press from 1st Lord Hankey and Randolph Churchill; copy of text of Duff Cooper's review; chronology of Finland's role in the war; extract from the memoirs on de Gaulle; copy of 1937 letter from King George VI.


  • Creation: Sep 1946 - Mar 1949

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