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Literary: "The Second World War", Volume 1 "The Gathering Storm": Various material., 23 Nov 1934 - 07 Jul 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/143A-B

Scope and Contents

Includes notes and correspondence on research and corrections for Volume 1 of "The Second World War", from individuals including: General Alphonse Georges on the French Air Force, 1930 - 1940; Alan Gomme-Duncan [earlier Alan Duncan]; Michael Joy, Foreign Office; Sir Orme Sargent [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on records of Soviet support for the Allies in 1938; Richard Law [later 1st Lord Coleraine] on meetings with WSC concerning Soviet support in 1938; 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood [earlier Lord Robert Cecil] on the meetings concerning Soviet support; "Edward" [1st Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on the meetings; Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall on subjects including estimates of German air strength, 1935 - 1939, the memoirs of 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame], German strength in 1938, French and British expenditure on arms, 1930 - 1939, air defence research 1935 - 1939 and the growth of the RAF (4); General Carl Spaatz, Commanding General, United States Army Air Forces, on American knowledge of the German Air Force before the war; Sir Hastings Ismay [former Chief of Staff to WSC] (2); 1st Lord Swinton [former Secretary of State for Air] on requiring peacetime firms to produce munitions. Also includes notes and annotations by individuals including WSC, William Deakin, Denis Kelly and George [Gordon] Allen, and "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt and Cecily "Chips" Gemmell, WSC's secretaries.Also includes some source material including: copies of telegrams from Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, on subjects including loaning destroyers and anti-aircraft equipment to Britain, the limits of United States support for the Allies, and assistance to Germany from Vichy France, including French warships (June - November 1940); copies of correspondence between WSC and Stanley Baldwin [Prime Minister] on subjects including WSC standing by Baldwin, putting WSC on an Air Defence Research Committee, and the removal of British troops from Cairo to Suez [Egypt] (1934 - 1935); copies of letters from WSC to [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Alfred Ernle Chatfield], 1st Sea Lord, on transferring the Fleet Air Arm to the Admiralty, and on destroyer and battleship policy (1936), to 1st Lord Halifax [Foreign Secretary] on foreign policy (1939), to Neville Chamberlain [Prime Minister] on speaking about the naval position, supporting France, air strength and insufficient air raid defences, to Leslie Hore-Belisha on his standing down as Secretary of State for War (1940), and to Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] on battleship armament and cruisers; Sir Samuel Hoare on handing over to WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty; an Admiralty memorandum on battleship policy and cruiser building (1937); notes by WSC for Chapter 21 "On the Verge"; notes by WSC on Air supply; note on air attacks on Scapa Flow [Orkney, Scotland]; press cuttings on the British Communist Party; statements by the British Communists on their attitude to the war, including extracts from statements by Harry Pollitt [Secretary, British Communist Party]; press cuttings on Stalin's pact with Hitler; Foreign Office notes on King Leopold of Belgium calling in the Allies in 1940; copies of telegrams between Britain, France and Belgium, including reports from Sir Roger Keyes [Special Liaison Officer to the King of the Belgium] and William Strang [Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office] (1940); notes on liquid hydrogen fuel (1939); corrections to a memorandum by WSC on air defence research; press cutting of an article by 1st Lord Swinton on the origin of radar; notes on an interview with General Alphonse Georges on the possibilities of a French attack on Germany, 1938 - 1939; extract from Cabinet minutes on the Fleet Air Arm; note by Sir Hastings Ismay on Higher Defence Organisation, 1940; Cabinet paper on defence organisation (1940); 4 typescript chapters from Swinton's memoirs on the Air Ministry; account of pre-war visit to Britain by Fabian von Schlabrendorff; notes on the development of the Nazi Party; notes on General Franz Halder, including material from Chapter 16 "Czechoslovakia" and Chapter 17 "The Tragedy of Munich"; text of a speech by Neville Chamberlain on the Munich Agreement (Birmingham, 1939); list of WSC's engagements concerning Czechoslovakia (September 1938); extracts from a speech by Maxim Litvinov, Soviet Foreign Minister, to the League of Nations (1938).


  • 23 Nov 1934 - 07 Jul 1948

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