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Literary: correspondence, mainly readers' comments on volume 6 ("Triumph and Tragedy") of WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War")., Oct 1953 - Dec 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/64A-B

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Correspondents include: representatives of Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston [United States] including President Henry Laughlin and Austin Olney (13) on subjects including a request to publish WSC's speech on hearing of his Nobel Prize award; representatives of Time-Life International including Daniel Longwell [former editor of Life Magazine] (10); representatives of the New York Times [United States] including Assistant Managing Editor Theodore Bernstein (8); Ernest Passant [Director of Research, Librarian and Keeper of the Papers] (Foreign Office); representatives of Cassell and Company including John Sundell (6); R V Jones; Jocelyn Simon [later Lord Simon of Glaisdale]; Major-General Gerald Verney on the taking of Ghent [Belgium]; "Sidney", Lord Herbert [later 16th Lord Pembroke and 13th Lord Montgomery] on the [Vorontzov] Palace, Yalta [Soviet Union]; Andrew Acheson [Assistant Secretary] (Cabinet Office) on the loss of Narvik [Norway]; Lionel Curtis on maps; Michael Wilford [Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary]; Walter Thompson [WSC's former personal detective] and [Strathearn] Gordon, Librarian, House of Commons, on receiving a copy of volume 6; Cyril Black; Sir James Ross. Also includes: suggested responses to enquiries and notes from WSC's literary advisors and assistants Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall, Denis Kelly, William Deakin, [George] Gordon Allen, and Charles Wood; and notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Gillian Maturin, and Doreen Pugh.Subjects covered by the file include: readers' comments on errors and WSC's coverage of matters (in volume 6) such as attacks on V-weapon sites, the role of the 30th Division (US Army), "Window" [the code name for metallised paper used to confuse enemy radar], General Dwight Eisenhower's advance into Czechoslovakia, Soviet views on "Crossword" negotiations with German representatives in Switzerland, the seating plan at a Potsdam Conference [Berlin, Germany] dinner, the battle of Normandy [France], the battle for Leyte Gulf [Philippines], German naval developments, the timing of a Hyde Park [New York] meeting, the Greek rebellion, General Wladyslaw Sikorski's [former Prime Minister of Poland] role, the capture of Hsipaw (Burma), convoys to the Soviet Union, Australian action in the Dutch East Indies [later Indonesia], the signing of instruments of surrender at Rheims [France] and Berlin [Germany], and the battle of Arnhem [Netherlands]; matters concerning the production of volume 6; comments on matters covered in the other volumes such as the size of the German army, the level of French resistance, the evacuation of Crete [Greece], and political events in Egypt in 1942; BBC broadcasts of extracts from volume 6 to Romania; requests for WSC to sign items; the Reprint Society editions of the volumes; WSC's method of writing the memoirs.Also includes: various galley proofs; lists of "overtake" corrections; copy of autographed seating plan for Potsdam dinner; various cuttings including US reviews of volume 6; text of WSC's speech on the Nobel Prize (15 October 1953); copies of an account of the "cover" plan for the Normandy campaign by Colonel R MacLeod.


  • Oct 1953 - Dec 1955

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