Battle of France (1940)
Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:
Includes: copy of a letter from [ELS] to [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister, protesting at the partition of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia]; rough notes; notes on the Cabinet of Paul Reynaud; extracts from ELS’s diaries, September 1939-June 1940.
Documents relating to events in France, including: ELS’s diary entries; account of a meeting between Winston Churchill, Prime Minister and Paul Reynaud, Prime Minister of France at Tours (13 June); later letters from Sir Ronald Campbell [former British Ambassador to France] and Sir [William] Henry Mack [former Head of French Department, Foreign Office] commenting on ELS’s text and contemporary events.
Documents relating to events in France, including: notes of meetings between the British and the French Supreme War Council, May-June; copies of telegrams from ELS and Paul Reynaud, Prime Minister of France; press cuttings on the memoirs of Winston Churchill and General Maxime Weygand.
Rough manuscript notes on France, including: the Vichy war trials at Riom on responsibility for the events of 1940; the use of tanks; morale; organization of command; authority of military chiefs; the air force; a biography of Marshal Philippe Petain.
Notes on the Royal Air Force and French air force, September 1939-June 1940.
Documents relating to events in France, including: notes on events as seen by Major Archdale [British liaison officer with French northern command]; account of the fighting by the 4th Armoured Division, May-June 1940.
Documents relating to the visit to the Maginot Line in France by Winston Churchill with ELS, including correspondence between Churchill, General Alphonse Georges, General Maurice Gamelin and ELS.
Correspondence with Winston Churchill on subjects including: ELS’s liaison role; the French view that defeat was inevitable; Churchill’s own memoirs and the accuracy of Charles de Gaulle’s account of events as a source.
Rough notes on "The Opposition", mainly comparisons between the French and German forces.
Notes on events in May-September 1940, and draft texts [? for "Two men who saved France"] on General Charles de Gaulle following his arrival in Britain and events leading to the British attack on the French fleet at Oran [Algeria].
Texts of "General Petain in 1917" [incomplete] and "General de Gaulle in 1940".