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Letters from ELS to Nancy Maurice (later Nancy, Lady Spears), 1930-08 - 1941-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 4/2/10

Scope and Contents

Subjects include: a visit to Scotland; ELS’s distress for Nancy during the bombing of London; his relations with General Charles de Gaulle [Chief of Free French]; the failure of the landings at Dakar [Senegal]; difficulties at the Syrian conference in Cairo [Egypt]; personal tensions with General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East]; ELS's frustration at his situation; MS being confined to hospital; de Gaulle’s reaction to the British terms for the armistice with the Vichy forces; ELS’s excellent relationship with Oliver Lyttelton [Minister of State in the Middle East, later 1st Lord Chandos]; negotiations in Syria; his view of "Jumbo", General Sir Henry Wilson [Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces in Syria]; ELS’s feelings at whether to return to London with de Gaulle. Also includes a diary account sent to Nancy of ELS’s experiences travelling in Egypt and on safari and visiting a mine [? in Kenya in 1934].


  • Creation: 1930-08 - 1941-11

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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Acc 1048 Box 3

Finding aid date

2006-10-30 17:05:45.837000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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