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Literary: "The Second World War", Volume 1 "The Gathering Storm": Norwegian campaign: Material., 25 Nov 1939 - 06 Jun 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/142

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Includes notes and correspondence concerning research and corrections for Volume 1 of "The Second World War" by individuals including: WSC on subjects including operations in Trondheim and Bergen; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall on subjects including the campaign in Narvik, from the interrogation of General Nicholas von Falkenhorst [commander of German forces in Norway] and the report of General Eduard Dietl [commander of German land forces in Norway], and commenting on Chapter 34 "Narvik" and Chapter 36 "Frustration in Norway" (provisionally entitled "Failure in Norway"); George [Gordon] Allen on subjects including the evacuation of Norway, the loss of the Glorious, naval operations in Norway, Allied and German naval losses, and commenting on Chapter 34 (provisionally entitled "The Norwegian Campaign - Narvik") and Chapter 36 (provisionally entitled "The Curtain Falls on Norway" and "Norway. Defeat"); Giles Romilly; "Pug", 1st Lord Ismay (3); Sir Edward Bridges [former Secretary to the Cabinet]. Also includes notes on the naval history of Operation Dynamo [codename for the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk, France], minelaying off Norway, the capture of Narvik, and operations at Namsos and Aandalsnes; various galley proofs and typescript on the Norwegian Campaign including First Lord of the Admiralty's minutes, April - May 1940, annotated by individuals including WSC, William Deakin and Sir Edward Marsh; notes by "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow] and Chips Gemmell, WSC's secretaries.Also includes some source material including: copy of a note by WSC on the evacuation of Narvik and withdrawing reserve troops from Palestine (1940); copies of letters from "E" [1st Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] on encouraging Finland to stand against the Soviet Union, taking a different line from WSC over Narvik and the reasons for the collapse of Finland (1939 - 1940) (3); copy of the diary of Giles Romilly on his imprisonment at Narvik, and accounts of survivors of the Hunter and S S Blythmoor (1940); map of Scapa Flow [Orkney, Scotland] showing the sinking of the Royal Oak, 1939; supplements to the London Gazette on the Norway Campaign, including despatches by Admiral of the Fleet 12th Lord Cork and Orrery, Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Power on the Ramree Island operation, Major-General Pierse Mackesy, Lieutenant-General Claude Auchinleck and Lieutenant-General Hugh Massy; print of a speech by G H Monrad-Krohn on his experience during the German occupation of Norway; print of "Secret History of 1939 - 1940" from the archives of the French General Staff on the Norwegian Campaign; issue of the Norseman on the French archives.Most material in the file dates to 1946 - 1948.


  • Creation: 25 Nov 1939 - 06 Jun 1948

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