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Cuttings concerning WSC’s role in the lead up to, and commencement of, the Second World War, 1939-07 - 1939-12

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRDW I Press 29 1

Scope and Contents

Career: Speculation over WSC joining the cabinet, possibly as the First Lord of the Admiralty, supported by popular demand; public ‘backlash’ against [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain’s administration of appeasement; War Cabinet is formed with WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty, speculation over his possible future as Prime Minister; WSC comes under sustained attack from the Nazi press (German cuttings).

Foreign Policy: Germany threatens Polish territory; Invasion of Poland triggers the fulfillment of the Anglo-Polish treaty, therefore Great Britain declares war on Germany (3 September 1939); ‘Athenia’ torpedoed, ‘Courageous’ and ‘Royal Oak’ sunk; reports on the war commence with emphasis on the role of the Royal Navy.


  • Creation: 1939-07 - 1939-12


Conditions Governing Access

Available as digital surrogates only, to protect the fragile original.


1 volume(s)

Language of Materials


Finding aid date

2004-08-09 12:16:17.077000+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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