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Private letters from LSA to the Governor of Burma and source material for memoirs, 1941-01 - 1955-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/3/20

Scope and Contents

Copies of letters from LSA to Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith on subjects including: reasons for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union; Chinese immigration into Burma [later Myanmar]; British parliamentary business; the future Burmese constitution; the war situation, particularly relating to Japan; Burmese relations with India over immigration; the visit of U Saw, Premier of Burma, to Britain, with letter from Lord Halifax [British Ambassador to the United States, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on U Saw's visit to the United States; the fall of Singapore and Japanese invasion of Burma; difficulties with the attitude of Winston Churchill [Prime Minister], to Burmese self-government; co-ordination of operations against Japan; the appointment of Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell as Viceroy of India; the doubtful future of the British Coalition Government after the war; the proposed transfer of Dorman-Smith's Government to Britain or Ceylon [later Sri Lanka] and difficulties with the Treasury's attitude to Burma; Dorman-Smith's plans for a post-war publicity department; reconstruction plans for Burma; the 1945 General Election.

Also includes: two letters from Dorman-Smith to LSA on the Japanese invasion; letter from [Alfred] Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] on his impressions of Burma, particularly the good start made by Dorman-Smith and his anxiety over Burma's defences.

Source material for LSA's memoirs includes: text of speech given by LSA to Parliament during the India debate, July 1944, on India's constitutional future; copies of Hansard covering debates on India, October 1942 and March 1943; Cabinet memorandum by LSA on the Burma-Yunnan [China] Railway project; note of a conversation between LSA and Count Dino Grandi [Italian Ambassador to Britain, 1932-39] on Italy's view of British policy over Abyssinia [later Ethiopia], the fall of Benito Mussolini and Grandi's own career; letter from Sir Norman Brook [Secretary to the Cabinet, later 1st Lord Normanbrook] on using quotations from LSA in the Official Histories of the War; printed private telegrams from the Viceroy of India [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Lord Hopetoun] to LSA, January 1942; statement published by the Government of India on the Congress Party's responsibility for disturbances in India, 1942-43.


  • 1941-01 - 1955-07

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


3 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Box 169

Related Materials

See also AMEL 1/6 for LSA's official India Office papers.


For correspondence between LSA and the Governor of Burma, see also "Burma: the struggle for independence, 1944-1948: documents from official and private sources", edited by Hugh Tinker (HMSO, 1983).

Date information

DateText: The Burma correspondence dates from June 1941 to March 1946.

Finding aid date

2004-10-19 11:34:34.420000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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