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Literary: correspondence, mainly readers' comments, on volume 3 ("The Grand Alliance") of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War")., Oct 1946 - Feb 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/54

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Correspondents include: Sir George Rendel [British Ambassador to Belgium] and Andre de Staercke [Secretary to Prince Charles, Regent of Belgium] on the Belgian Congo [later Zaire, then the Democratic Republic of the Congo] contribution to the Abyssinian [later Ethiopia] campaign and Belgium's capitulation in 1940; "Bert", Sir Arthur Harris, on the date he became Commander in Chief, Bomber Command; Godfrey Carter on "Crusader" [British North African operation] and the battle at Sidi Rezegh [Libya]; Desmond Flower, director of Cassell and Company, on the book's index; French General Jousse on Allied landings in French North Africa; George Bilainkin on Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia]; 1st Lord Portal of Hungerford [earlier Sir Charles Portal] (3); Ridley Pakenham-Walsh; German Vice-Admiral Bernard Rogge on confusion over HMS Dorsetshire and Devonshire. Also includes suggested responses to enquiries and notes from WSC's literary advisors and assistants [George] Gordon Allen, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall, William Deakin, Denis Kelly, and Charles Wood; and notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Chips Gemmell, and Vanda Salmon; CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Duncan Sandys. Subjects covered by the file include: readers' comments on errors and WSC's coverage of matters such as Dutch submarines in Malaya [later Malaysia], tanks, the activities of 10th Indian Division in the Middle East, the battle of Greece, General Sir Alan Cunningham in Abyssinia [Ethiopia], WSC's flight from Bermuda in 1942, and General Erwin Rommel. Also includes: extract from "The Campaign in Abyssinia" by Walter Ford; account by Lieutenant-Colonel L D Edmondston of 10th Indian Division; various cuttings; amendments from Pownall.


  • Creation: Oct 1946 - Feb 1952

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