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Literary: correspondence on producing volume 6 ("Triumph and Tragedy") of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War")., Mar 1949 - Nov 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/63A-C

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Correspondents include: Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet] (7); Harry Truman on WSC reproducing telegrams from him (2); representatives of Time-Life International including George Caturani, Connie Graebner, Walter Graebner, and Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine] (47); John Killick [Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary] (Foreign Office); Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] (6); representatives of the Daily Telegraph including Managing Editor Colin Coote, Herbert Ziman [leader writer], and 1st Lord Camrose [earlier Sir William Berry, Editor-in-Chief] (12); representatives of the New York Times [United States] including Assistant Managing Editor Theodore Bernstein and General Manager Julius Adler (8); representatives of Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston [United States] including Austin Olney and President Henry Laughlin (20); Admiral Robert Carney; Alfred Warren [Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of Cabinet]; Ernest Passant [Director of Research, Librarian and Keeper of the Papers] (Foreign Office); representatives of Cassell and Company including director Desmond Flower (5); Anthony Moir of Fladgate and Company [WSC's solicitor] (2). Also includes: suggested responses to enquiries and notes from WSC's literary advisors and assistants Denis Kelly, [George] Gordon Allen, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall, William Deakin, and Charles Wood; and notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, and Chips Gemmell; Prime Minister's Private Secretaries John Colville and Anthony Montague Browne.Subjects covered by the file include: obtaining permission to publish wartime material; Brook reviewing references to General Dwight Eisenhower, Marshal Tito, and Poland; delaying the date of publication because of WSC's comments on Eisenhower and Harry Truman and the 1952 United States election; matters concerning production including proof-checking, querying and adding maps; discussion of and readers' comments on matters covered by WSC such as anti-flying bomb action, the battle for Leyte Gulf [Philippines], US decisions on how far to go into Europe with regard to Prague [Czechoslovakia, later Czech Republic and Slovakia] and Berlin [Germany], radar jamming at the time of the escape of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau to Germany, the seating plan at a Potsdam Conference [Berlin, Germany] dinner, arming the French resistance, the liberation of Greece, the number of Poles fighting on the western front, the Soviet arrest of Polish underground leaders, and casualty figures; BBC broadcasts of extracts from the volume to eastern Europe; the question of producing a volume 6; comments on volumes 3 and 4 ["The Grand Alliance" and "The Hinge of Fate"]; Scandinavian publishers' problems in the event of volume 6 being produced.Also includes: draft letters prepared by Brook to be sent to Sir Alan Lascelles [Private Secretary to King George VI], Eisenhower, and Truman; copies of 1944 letters from WSC to George VI, 1945 telegrams from Truman to WSC, and a 1944 letter from Brigadier Leslie McRobert, Commander 28 Anti-Aircraft brigade, and Admiral Sir John Tovey, Commander-in-Chief, the Nore; extract and cutting from Daily Telegraph serialisation; lists of "overtake" corrections; various annotated galley proofs; lists of British Information Service queries; proofs of Houghton Mifflin dust-jacket and map illustrations.


  • Creation: Mar 1949 - Nov 1953

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