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South Africa (nation)

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Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 3621 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 20 Feb 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/70/91
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Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC commenting on Madagascar and public opinion in South Africa: refers to strong indications of alarm in coastal towns, especially Durban, and outlines supplies needed to put defences in order.

Dates: 20 Feb 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Apr 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/73/144
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Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC commenting on operation "Ironclad" [occupation of Diego Suarez, Madagascar]: suggests that the towns of Tamatave and Majunga should also be occupied rendering the surrender of the whole island inevitable; offers to despatch a bomber squadron from Lindi [Tanzania] as soon as Diego aerodrome has been secured; comments on the need to rupture relations with Vichy France.

Dates: 20 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 21 Apr 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/3
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Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] regarding continued diplomatic representation of Vichy France in Ottawa [Canada]: comments on the anxiety of Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to get rid of the Vichy Minister in South Africa but states that there would be no serious disadvantage to the adoption of a different policy in Canada.

Dates: 21 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Mar 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/72/89-91
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Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] informing him of the decision to storm and occupy Diego Suarez [Madagascar]: comments on the background to the operation [codenamed "Ironclad"] and asks for help should it become necessary to intercept French reinforcements from Dakar [Senegal] at the Cape.

Dates: 24 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Mar 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/72/98
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Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC regarding operation ["Ironclad"] against Madagascar: pledges all necessary support for the interception of the French convoy [of reinforcements] and states that he will take no action to formally break off relations with Vichy France before the attack unless the Foreign Office advises otherwise.

Dates: 24 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Apr 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/24
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Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] asking him to damp down rumours of an impending South African occupation of Madagascar.

Dates: 24 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Apr 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/35
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Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] reciting remarks from the Cape Argus and the Natal Mercury quoted in the Observer newspaper suggesting action against Madagascar and Vichy France: "I need scarcely say what deep anxiety these statements give me.".

Dates: 26 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Apr 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/49
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Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC apologising for embarrassing press statements about Madagascar but explaining that lack of an internal press censorship institution means that he can only proceed by private persuasion and warning: "Existence of openly hostile press adds to my difficulties.".

Dates: 27 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 09 Jun 1942 - 10 Jun 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/76/67
Scope and Contents Telegram from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC marked "most secret and personal" opposing the plan by the United States to give priority to aircraft production for their own units: states that South Africa has thousands of trained men who only await aircraft; claims that South Africa needs aircraft for coastal defence and that politically it would be impossible to hand this task over to American units; offers to cable Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United...
Dates: 09 Jun 1942 - 10 Jun 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Feb 1941 - 20 Feb 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/33/4-5
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Telegram from the Acting United Kingdom High Commissioner in the Union of South Africa passing on a message from General [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC on Randolph Churchill's safe arrival in South Africa. With covering letter from [Saville] Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Dominions] (Dominions Office, Downing Street) to [John] Martin [Prime Minister's Private Secretary].

Dates: 19 Feb 1941 - 20 Feb 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Apr 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/38/12
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Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC thanking him for tanks; commenting on South African aid; and referring to possible danger of air attack in evacuation of Tobruk [Libya].

Dates: 23 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 16 Jun 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/39/129
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Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC postponing attending meeting away from South Africa until the Mediterranean is stabilised; fears German offensive in North Africa so urges Allies to secure Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dates: 16 Jun 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 20 Jun 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/26
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Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of Smuts to attend.

Dates: 20 Jun 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 21 Jun 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/37
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Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] advising he will announce the impracticality of holding an Imperial Conference, citing inability of Smuts to attend (further copy at CHAR 20/40/26).

Dates: 21 Jun 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 10 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/43/115-118
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Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] with statistics on Primary and Augmenting cartridges for 3 inch mortars ordered by South Africa. [See CHAR 20/44/93-94 for Smuts's reply].

Dates: 10 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 12 Aug 1913

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/22A/157-159
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Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to an unidentified [? South African] correspondent, on South Africa's contribution to Imperial Naval Defence. [Carbon copy].

Dates: 12 Aug 1913
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), [Dec] [1913]

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/22B/274-276
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Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to [? the South African Government] on the naval defence of South Africa. [Carbon copy].

Dates: [Dec] [1913]
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), Jul 1914

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/29/93-97
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Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to Mr Bourne, of the South African Government, on South Africa's desire to take a more effective part in South African and Imperial Naval Defence. [Carbon].

Dates: Jul 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 07 Oct 1912

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/10/78
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Letter from Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] to WSC, agreeing with his request for naval help from South Africa.

Dates: 07 Oct 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 09 Sep 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/54A/83
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Letter from WSC to Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] with a message of friendship.

Dates: 09 Sep 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), [Apr 1940]

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 19/2C/309-310
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Letter from WSC to General [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] on naval defence of South Africa and the position of the Monitor HMS Erebus. [carbon].

Dates: [Apr 1940]
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open.
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(Untitled), 21 Feb 1936

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/251/82-83
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Letter from Sir Abe Bailey. Capetown, South Africa to WSC, on recent House of Commons debate on the need for a Ministry of Defence, praising speech of Sir Austen Chamberlain. Also commenting on Randolph Churchill "(He) must be a bit of a worry to you. He will do your stock no good". Enclosing cutting from the Cape Times, 18 Feb 1936, letter by Bailey "The White Man's Duty in Africa".

Dates: 21 Feb 1936
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 29 Apr 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/216/137-138
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Telegram from Prime Minister, WSC, to the Prime Minister of South Africa [Field Marshal Jan Smuts] in which he says that he is pleased that [Smuts] approves proposals for the the award of campaign stars; discusses the issue of service in the South Atlantic and qualification for the Atlantic star, the award of the 1939-1945 star to selected officers, service qualifications, and the new Defence medal. Typescript.

Dates: 29 Apr 1945
Conditions Governing Access: Open (opened on instructions of Cabinet Office, March 2001)
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(Untitled), 30 Apr 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/217/22
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Telegram from WSC to acting Prime Minister of South Africa marked "Top Secret and Personal" congratulating him on the conduct of South African troops [throughout the war].

Dates: 30 Apr 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 03 May 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/217/65
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Telegram from acting Prime Minister of South Africa to WSC thanking him for his telegram on the conduct of South African troops [throughout the war].

Dates: 03 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open