Found in 380 Collections and/or Records:
Speeches: speech notes (by WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty) and other material., 20 Jan 1940 - 29 Feb 1940
Letter from Andrew Bonar Law [Leader of the Conservative Party] (Pembroke Lodge, Edwardes Square, Kensington [London]) to WSC, [First Lord of the Admiralty], on a complaint that the Admiralty were making inefficient use of merchant ships commandeered for war services.
Admiralty intercepted message, giving a German official communique declaring the waters around Great Britain and Ireland a war region, and warning that hostile merchant ships and possibly neutrals would be attacked.
Intercepted wireless message from the German Embassy, on reports in newspapers that British merchant ships were to use a neutral flag, stating that this was an admission that Britain was unable to protect its merchant fleet. [Duplicate typescript].
Admiralty minute asking the press not to publish the loss of British merchant shipping as a result of enemy activity, unless the losses had already been reported by the Admiralty.
Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC regarding accumulations of shipping for the Soviet Union and asking if more ships can be carried in the next convoys in order to clear this up.
Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] regarding shipments of supplies to the Soviet Union: comments on logistics of convoy sizes and tonnage; makes a recommendation for working off the present accumulation held in Iceland; "We are at our utmost strain for convoy escorts.".
Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos, Minister of Production] (Washington [United States]) to WSC marked "secret and personal" regarding ship production in the United States and commenting on the sinking of ships off the east coast of the United States, the need to increase carriage on inland waterways, and the need to cut back merchant shipbuilding programme in 1943 to raise production of escort vessels.
Telegram from General Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief India] to WSC marked "personal" asking whether the assault shipping used in Ironclad [Codename for operation against Madagsacar] is to be returned to the United Kingdom or sent on to India.
Telegram from General George Marshall [Chief of Staff United States Army] to WSC marked "secret" regarding the shipment of 100 howitzers and 300 tanks to the Middle East and stating that Major-General Douglas Pratt [Major-General in charge of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Washington, United States] has approved the proposed equipment.
Telegram from Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] to WSC marked "personal and most secret" reporting on the latest situation in Egypt and commenting on RAF mobilisation, arrangements for the defence of the Delta, and the plans of Admiral Henry Harwood [Commander in Chief Mediterranean] for supporting the Eighth Army and evacuating merchant shipping from Alexandria [Egypt].
Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special adviser and Assistant to the President of the united States] marked "personal and secret" informing him that he is sending him his own personal return of shipping losses for the first six months of 1942 [see CHAR 20/77/66] and commenting on the "remorselessly increasing losses of American and American-controlled shipping.".
Sheet marked secret of weekly totals of merchant tonnage sunk by enemy action in the period January to June 1942 [Sent by WSC to Harry Hopkins, see CHAR 20/77/65].
Telegram from WSC to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] marked "personal and secret" asking whether he has taken any decision about not publishing American shipping losses.Initialled.
Telegram from Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] to WSC informing him that no decision has yet been made as to the change of policy relative to American shipping losses but that the matter is now under discussion.
Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" regarding the northern shipping convoys to the Soviet Union: reports on the heavy losses sustained by PQ 17 [June convoy]; advises against running PQ 18 [July convoy]; comments on the future prospects of supplying Russia by this northern route; states that allied shipping losses for week ending July 13 were 400,000 tons, " a rate unexampled in either this war or the last".
Letter from [1st] Lord Cadman to WSC suggesting that coal and oil should be dealt with by different departments as coal relates to labour matters while petroleum deals with supply, shipping and world-wide distribution.