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Literary: "The Second World War", Volume 1 "The Gathering Storm": Various comments., 31 Jan 1935 - 20 Feb 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/141A-B

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Includes notes and correspondence on corrections to be made to Volume 1 of "The Second World War" from individuals including: Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall on subjects including leading German generals and German air strength (13); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary to the Cabinet] on subjects including the use of Cabinet papers (7); Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz] (2); George [Gordon] Allen on subjects including the Irish Treaty and the Chiefs of Staff (8); Daniel Longwell [Editor of Life Magazine] (5); Sir Orme Sargent [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on the [Ernst] Roehm Purge, 1934 (2); "Pug", 1st Lord Ismay [former Chief of Staff to WSC] on subjects including the mining of the Nelson (7); 1st Lord Lloyd George; 1st Lord Vansittart on subjects including Neville Chamberlain's opposition to rearmament, the resignation of Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] from the Foreign Office, the weakness of the British fleet before the war, British concentration on the threat from Italy rather than Germany, and France's reluctance for war (4); Ava, Lady Anderson [earlier Ava Wigram, later Ava, Lady Waverley] on references to Ralph Wigram (2); 1st Lord Portal of Hungerford (2); "C" [1st Lord Cherwell, earlier F A Lindemann]; "Bobbety" [5th Lord Salisbury, earlier Lord Cranborne] on the Stresa Conference [Italy], 1935; Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Publisher, New York Times (2); Harry Laughlin, President, the Riverside Press (4); Desmond Flower, Director, Cassell and Company Limited; Sir Edward Marsh on writing style (4); Charles Thompson [former Personal Assistant to WSC]; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] on subjects including co-operation with the Soviet Union in 1937. Also includes notes and annotations by individuals including WSC [? for Chapter 5, "The Locust Years, 1931 - 1935"], Denis Kelly, William Deakin, CSC and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], Chips Gemmell and Jane Portal, WSC's secretaries.Also includes some source material, including: Summary of Defence Requirements Committee report estimating the strength of German forces (1935); text of speech by Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood], Home Secretary, on the 5 Year Peace Plan (1939); note from John Peck [Private Secretary to WSC] on quoting from David Lloyd George on the strength of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia] (1936); quotes from Lloyd George on Hitler and Nazi Germany; copies of Chartwell Bulletins on subjects including Randolph Churchill standing for Wavertree [Liverpool] and Norwood [Surrey], the Indian Constitution Bill, work at Chartwell [Kent], the ineffectiveness of the Cabinet and sending Eden to Moscow [Soviet Union] (1935).Also includes various annotated galley proofs.Most material in the file dates to 1946 - 1949.


  • Creation: 31 Jan 1935 - 20 Feb 1949

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