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Defence of the Realm, 1983-01 - 1986-10

Reference Code: GBR/0014/POLL 3/2/1/35

Scope and Contents

Correspondence with the general public on defence topics. Correspondents include: [Philip] Warren Hawksley on contracting out administration of Armed Forces central depots (2); Roger Freeman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces; Stuart Young, Chairman of the BBC, on portrayals of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps on the BBC; Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for Defence, on subjects including registering Irish recruits and security arrangements at American bases in Britain (3); Rear-Admiral John Hill, Editor of the Naval Review; Elizabeth, Lady Kennet; Stephen Deakin, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Political and Social Studies, Sandhurst, on a speech by JEP on relations between the military and civilians (3); John Silkin on the possibilities of a conventional attack on the West by the Soviet Union.

Other subjects include: JEP's views on the nuclear deterrent.

Also includes: answers by Roger Freeman to questions from trade union representatives on contracting out administration of Armed Forces central depots; reminiscence of work at Gayhurst Manor, Buckinghamshire, on breaking the Enigma code during the war; Defence Information Group briefing papers on the International Institute for Strategic Studies report 'The Military Balance', the superiority of the Warsaw Pact, Soviet foreign policy decision making, proposed anti-satellite talks in Vienna [Austria] in 1984, the anti-ballistic missile treaty of 1972 and the outer space treaty of 1967; paper on the views of the Schiller Institute on the risks of German destabilisation; paper on the Western Approaches by A Liddell Hart; copies of letters from Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park, with paper on Park's role in the defence of Malta, 1942.


  • 1983-01 - 1986-10

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2 file(s)

Language of Materials


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File 299

Finding aid date

2002-06-27 16:50:23+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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