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North Africa (general region)

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Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 296 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 01 Jan 1941 - 31 Jan 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/1
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, January 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Eric Seal [WSC's Principal Private Secretary]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]; James Stuart [Chief Whip] and...
Dates: 01 Jan 1941 - 31 Jan 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Aug 1940 - 01 Sep 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/13/5
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, August 1940. Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff, General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence], and other senior military figures; F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]; a press statement by WSC; and a minute...
Dates: 01 Aug 1940 - 01 Sep 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Nov 1940 - 30 Nov 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/13/8
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, November 1940.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; senior civil servants including Sir James Grigg [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for War] and Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence].Subjects covered by the minutes include: air force plans...
Dates: 01 Nov 1940 - 30 Nov 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/22C/222-225
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to Lieutenant-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] discussing many topics: an unnamed campaign which is being kept secret from the Soviet Union, the United States and domestic enquirers but which it was hoped would bring military success [? "Crusader", operation in North Africa]; hoping to acquire Bizerta [Tunisia]; regretting having to give up operation "Whipcord" [codename for a British plan for the invasion of Sicily] as "a task beyond the...
Dates: 30 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 16 Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/20/40-42
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Letter from WSC to General [Claude] Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief Middle East] criticising [Air Marshal Sir Arthur] Tedder's [Air Officer Commanding in Chief, RAF, Middle East] estimate of strength; looking forward to receiving news of Operation Crusader as "the whole immediate future of the war" depends on it; and suggesting that although troops are preparing for Norway they could easily be diverted to Africa if necessary. [copy].

Dates: 16 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/20/43-57
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to President [Franklin Roosevelt] outlining various plans and proposals concerning: attacking the German and Italian armies in Libya; French North Africa; Norway; British contributions to the Soviet war effort; defending Great Britain from a possible German invasion; placing United States forces in Northern Ireland [Ulster]; the command structure in the Middle East and the roles of the Air Force and Navy; the effect of victory in Libya on Italy and Turkey; landing tanks; the...
Dates: 20 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 26 Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/20/58-60
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Letter from WSC to Max, [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken, Minister of Supply] on efforts to conceal "Crusader" [British North African operation] and let "Ajax" [a planned landing at Trondheim, Norway] become public; refuses to allow him to resign from the Defence Committee. [carbon, annotated by WSC].

Dates: 26 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), [Apr 1941]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/37/98-101
Scope and Contents Telegram from WSC to the United Kingdom High Commissioners [in Canada, ?Malcolm MacDonald, Australia, Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, New Zealand, William Jordan], and the UK representative [in South Africa, 4th Lord Harlech, earlier William Ormsby-Gore], requesting they give a message to their Prime Ministers [Mackenzie King, Arthur Fadden (acting), Peter Fraser, and General Jan Smuts] on the Middle East: stating that German success in Cyrenaica [Libya] may endanger Egypt; reaffirming the decision...
Dates: [Apr 1941]
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 17 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/37/108
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Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Archibald] Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on the situation in North Africa and Tobruk [Libya], advising cutting off German-Italian supplies to "wear them down".

Dates: 17 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Feb 1941 - 28 Feb 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/2
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, February 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: the Chiefs of Staff; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; Vice Chief of Imperial General Staff [?General Sir Robert Haining];...
Dates: 01 Feb 1941 - 28 Feb 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Apr 1941 - 30 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/4
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, April 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] and Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistants]; Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs]; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Sir Edward Bridges...
Dates: 01 Apr 1941 - 30 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 May 1941 - 31 May 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/5
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, May 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Sir Horace Wilson [Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury and official Head of HM Civil Service]; Eric Seal [WSC's Principal Private Secretary]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; Sir Alexander...
Dates: 01 May 1941 - 31 May 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Jun 1941 - 30 Jun 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/6
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, June 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Desmond Morton and F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, Prime Minister's Personal Assistants]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff.Subjects covered by the minutes include: the defence of...
Dates: 01 Jun 1941 - 30 Jun 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Jul 1941 - 30 Jul 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/7
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, July 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] and Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistants]; Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; senior civil servants including Sir Edward Bridges...
Dates: 01 Jul 1941 - 30 Jul 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Aug 1941 - 31 Aug 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/8
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, August 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff.Subjects covered by the minutes include: United States shipping provision; civil service appointments; naval matters, including the design of warships and a...
Dates: 01 Aug 1941 - 31 Aug 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open.
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(Untitled), 01 Oct 1941 - 31 Oct 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/10
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, October 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Colonels Leslie Hollis and Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretaries to the War Cabinet]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann, Prime Minister's...
Dates: 01 Oct 1941 - 31 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Nov 1941 - 30 Nov 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/11
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, November 1941.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] and Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistants]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Chief Whip [James Stuart].Subjects covered by the...
Dates: 01 Nov 1941 - 30 Nov 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 02 Dec 1941 - 25 Dec 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/36/12
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, December 1941 (some written while WSC was in the United States).Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; senior civil servants including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces [Lieutenant-General Bernard Paget];...
Dates: 02 Dec 1941 - 25 Dec 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open.
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(Untitled), 01 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/37/6
Scope and Contents

Telegram from General [Sir Archibald] Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising that shipping at Massawa will be dropped now Asmara [Eritrea] has been surrendered and commenting on other aspects of the conflict in northern Africa.

Dates: 01 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 01 May 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/38/45-52
Scope and Contents Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC on following subjects: 1) Portuguese Government's protest at proposed friendly visit to Azores and Cape Verde, and cancellation of similar visit to Spain or Canaries; 2) the importance of Britain refraining from any expedition against the Azores or Cape Verde unless Portugal is attacked, and the need for Britain to guarantee Portuguese sovereignty; 3) losses in eastern Mediterranean; 4) supplies for Turkey; 5) French problem in Syria and North Africa;...
Dates: 01 May 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Apr 1941

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), 29 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/38/31-33
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Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on danger of Turkey co-operating with Germany; referring to Syria and therefore Egypt being in imminent danger; and commenting on German infiltration of northern Africa which relies on Vichy co-operation.

Dates: 29 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 14 May 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/38/130-132
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Telegram from General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC with detailed assessment of likely German attack: Ukraine Caucasus, Middle East plus French Africa, Britain and the Atlantic. With note in the hand of John Colville [Prime Minister's Private Secretary] that the Dominions Office have asked for this telegram to be circulated to the War Cabinet and Defence Committee.

Dates: 14 May 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 18 Jun 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/2-3
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Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]: comments on how defeat at Agedabia almost destroyed General Sir Archibald Wavell's [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] tank force, and details measures that were taken to reinforce Wavell; comments on battle in desert; refers to intelligence regarding the German advance on the Soviet Union.

Dates: 18 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), 19 Jun 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/12
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Telegram from Robert Menzies [Prime Minister of Australia] to WSC asking for answers with regard to failure of opening of Operation "Battleaxe" [codename for British offensive] in North Africa.

Dates: 19 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.