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Literary: The Second World War, Volume 3 "The Grand Alliance", miscellaneous., May 1948 - Mar 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 4/251A-D

Scope and Contents

Includes research notes and correspondence on suggested amendments, corrections and facts for Volume 3 of "The Second World War". Correspondents include: Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall on subjects including official telegrams and operations in East Africa (15); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary to the Cabinet] (5); [George] Gordon Allen (9); [Sir Claude Auchinleck] objecting to WSC's portrayal of events at Tobruk [Libya]; William Deakin (3); Denis Kelly (9); Nina Holton (3) and Henry Laughlin of Houghton Mifflin Company; Charles Wood (3); Walter Graebner [London representative of Time Life International]; Randolph Churchill; Sir Edward Bridges [Permanent Secretary to the Treasury] on references to the Lend Lease agreement with the United States; "Pug" [1st Lord Ismay]; Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz]; and Sir Orme Sargent.Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from WSC and Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel]; various maps including maps of Sweden, Norway and the Baltic states (in 1943), the Mediterranean, Tobruk, stages of the Battle of the Atlantic, Persia [Iran], the German attack on the Soviet Union, Cyrenaica [Libya]; transcribed telegrams on various subjects and events including relations with General Charles de Gaulle, the position of Singapore; the reduction in word numbers requested by Jay Gold; and galley proofs annotated by WSC, Kelly and Sir Edward Marsh.Other subjects covered by the file include: German and British air strengths, air defences; queries raised after the publication of Volume 3; shipping losses and the German forces deployed against the Soviet Union.Folios 393-716 removed from CHUR 4/351 and added to file, Jul 1999, including general comments on the revision of Volume 3 "The Grand Alliance", by Lord Normanbrook (formerly Sir Norman Brook) on the "Western Approaches", and on permission from the Australian Prime Minister, Joseph Chifley for publication of wartime correspondence with the Australian Government, Nov 1949; General Pownall on Volumes 2 and 3, Lord Ismay on Volume 3; note by William Deakin on the declaration of war against Finland, Hungary and Roumania [Romania] in December 1941, for inclusion in Volume 3; comments by Commodore [George] Gordon Allen on amendments to Volume 3 book 6, mainly on the war in the Western Desert; comments by Emery Reves on Vol 3 Book 1, mainly on the United States' entry into the War; comments by Sir Orme Sargent on Aid to Russia [Soviet Union]; letters (2) from Lord Portal of Hungerford on account by Captain J C Kelly-Rogers, British Overseas Airways Corporation, of return journey from the United States to Britain by flying boat in Jan 1942; letter from Lt-General Sir Leslie Hollis, on account of visit to Washington in Dec 1941; letter from Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Jul 1948, on his appointment to command Combined Operations Headquarters in Oct 1941, letter from Anthony Eden (later Lord Avon) on text of volume 3, particularly chapters on Greece, 1942, photograph of "Ship of State" letter from Franklin Roosevelt to WSC, June 1941, letter from Sir Stanley Goodall, enclosing published paper by (Reginald) Jack Daniel on the Royal Navy and Nuclear Power, 1948; letters from Sir Norman Brook (later Lord Normanbrook), Cabinet Office, on permission to publish official telegrams.


  • Creation: May 1948 - Mar 1951

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4 file(s) (716 loose folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folio 503: Copyright holder (Lord Mountbatten) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

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