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Literary: correspondence, mainly readers' comments, on volume 2 ("Their Finest Hour") of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War")., May 1941 - Dec 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/50

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Correspondents include: Belgian General Baron Wahis; Arthur Chater on British Somaliland [later Somalia] operations; Hugh Ellis-Rees (War Office) on German invasion plans in 1940; 2nd Lord Harcourt (2), Alfred Bavin (Cabinet Office), and John Hanbury-Williams [Chairman, Courtaulds Limited] on the sale of Courtaulds' shares in the American Viscose Corporation; Sir Shenton Thomas on Singapore and Malaya's [later Malaysia] war effort; Sir Desmond Morton [former Personal Assistant to WSC]; Pierre Teitgen, French Minister for the Armed Forces, and Sir Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] on a story involving French families laying Union Jacks on their sons' coffins; Oliver Vaughan-Jackson on aerial mine fields. Also includes suggested responses to enquiries and notes from WSC's literary advisors and assistants Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall, Denis Kelly, William Deakin, and [George] Gordon Allen; and notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Chips Gemmell, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Edmund Oddy, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Elizabeth Gilliatt, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford].Subjects covered by the file include: readers' comments on errors and WSC's coverage of matters such as the Dunkirk [France] evacuation, King Leopold of Belgium, French political affairs, a visit by WSC to Margate [Kent] in 1940, and an incident involving the French submarine Surcouf.Also includes: copy of La Metropole [Belgian newspaper]; memorandum and copies of 1941 documents from Morgan Stanley and Company; report by Shenton Thomas; memorandum by Belgian General Raymond Snoy.Please note that the majority of material dates from 1948 to 1955.


  • Creation: May 1941 - Dec 1955

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