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"Defence", 16 Mar 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/33B/217-272

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (House of Commons) on subjects including: ministerial appointments in defence; the need for greater openness with the House of Commons; retaining a reformed National Service scheme; recruitment for the regular army; the defence of Western Europe, particularly West Germany [later part of Germany], against the Soviet Union and its satellites; reducing the Royal Navy; the threat from Soviet submarines and the need to develop aircraft carriers and anti-submarine aircraft; expanding the RAF as well as having American air bases in Britain; the development of rockets; risks from sheltering behind the atomic deterrent, and the need to seek a settlement with the Soviet Union.Typescript speaking notes laid out in "psalm" style to aid delivery. Annotated with handwritten amendments by WSC in blue and red ink.


  • Creation: 16 Mar 1950

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