War Office memoranda, 1917-06 - 1917-12
Scope and Contents
Papers including: telegram from General Sir [Francis] Reginald Wingate [High Commissioner, Egypt] on Allied territorial claims in North Africa; note from General Sir William Robertson, Chief of Imperial General Staff, to 1st Lord Hardinge of Penshurst [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on Italy's contribution to the war; memorandum by Lord Robert Cecil [Minister of Blockade, later 1st Lord Cecil of Chelwood] on Italian claims in Asia Minor [Turkey]; summary of a memorandum by Sir George Paish on the financial effects of the war; telegram from Wilfred Thesiger [former Consul-General at Abyssinia, later Ethiopia] on British and Italian claims in Abyssinia; copies of telegrams between Walter Long, Secretary of State for the Colonies, and 5th Lord Liverpool, Governor of New Zealand [earlier Arthur Savile-Foljambe] on the future of German colonies in the Pacific; notes by LSA on imperial organisation and on the possible entry of Norway into the war; letter from Colonel Charles Yate on a German wireless station at Spitsbergen, with Foreign Office note and letter from Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, 1st Sea Lord; memoranda by LSA on the chances of Austria making a separate peace and on Noel Buxton's scheme for detaching Austria and Bulgaria from Germany; memoranda by Captain J E Philipps, on intelligence from Central and Eastern Africa, and Central African railway extensions; memorandum on German war aims; memoranda by Captain Aubrey Herbert on the situation in Turkey and on the possibility of a separate peace with Turkey; memoranda by LSA on the conference in Paris [France], calling for a single Allied military and naval command in the Near East, on the state of the War Cabinet and on a Socialist conference at Stockholm [Sweden]; note on the pro-German Catholic Bishop Hirth of Ruanda, German East Africa [later Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania]; note on the suggested cession of the Virgin Islands to the United States; telegram from William Hughes [Prime Minister of Australia] on the Australian Division, requesting that the troops should be kept together under Australian officers; memoranda by LSA on the turning point of the war, stressing the danger of defeat and the need for change in direction and strategy, on the future of Germany's colonies, on Irish fiscal autonomy and the protection of Irish industry, on organisation of the Allied Supreme War Council, and on the need for a restatement of Unionist policy; notes on the functions and duties of permanent military advisers to the Supreme War Council, and on matters for the minister in charge; notes on the military situation in Armenia, in the Balkans and in Greece; notes by LSA on meetings of the Supreme War Council (December 1917), future strategy, policy towards the new Bolshevik Government in Russia and future operations in Palestine.
- Creation: 1917-06 - 1917-12
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The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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