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Literary: "The Second World War", Volume 2 "Their Finest Hour": Comments by Sir Norman Brook., 28 Jan 1948 - 01 Nov 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/193

Scope and Contents

Includes notes by Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary to the Cabinet] on Volume 2, on subjects including: Chapter 1 "The National Coalition"; Chapter 2 "The Battle of France. The First Week. [General Maurice] Gamelin"; Chapter 3 "The Battle of France. The Second Week. [General Maxime] Weygand"; Chapter 5 "The Deliverance of Dunkirk"; Chapter 8 "Home Defence. June"; Chapter 10 "The Bordeaux Armistice"; Chapter 13 "At Bay" (provisionally entitled "Alone"); Chapter 16 "The Battle of Britain"; Chapter 17 "The Blitz"; Chapter 18 "'London Can Take It'"; Chapter 19 "The Wizard War"; Chapter 20 "United States Destroyers and West Indian Bases"; Chapter 21 "Egypt and the Middle East"; Chapter 23 "September Tensions"; Chapter 24 "Dakar" [Senegal]; Chapter 25 "Mr Eden's Mission" [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon, Secretary of State for War]; Chapter 26 "Relations with Vichy [France] and Spain" (provisionally entitled "The French Fleet, Spain"); Chapter 27 [Benito] "Mussolini Attacks Greece"; Chapter 29 "Germany and Russia" [Soviet Union]; Chapter 30 "Ocean Peril" (provisionally entitled "The Air and the U-boats", including comments on material from Volume 3, Chapter 3 "Blitz and Anti-Blitz. [Rudolf] Hess", provisionally intended to feature in Chapter 30); Chapter 31 "Desert Victory"; Appendix A "Minutes and Telegrams, May - December 1940"; publishing official material; British casualty figures and U-boat losses; Egypt's entry into the war.Also includes: notes by Brook on printing errors throughout Volume 2; covering letters by Brook; a note by George [Gordon] Allen on Chapter 22 "The Mediterranean Passage"; notes and annotations by WSC, William Deakin, Denis Kelly, Charles Wood, Allen, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall and "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow] and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], WSC's secretaries.


  • Creation: 28 Jan 1948 - 01 Nov 1948

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