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Second World War (1939-1945)

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 2726 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 18 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/13-15
Scope and Contents Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] on the impossibility of explaining how the British Middle East Armies have had to stand for four and a half months without engaging the enemy while the Soviet Union is being battered to pieces; also has informed the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] of date of campaign via the Lord Privy Seal [Clement Attlee] and asked for extra United States troops for future relief of British forces...
Dates: 18 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/26
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Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC advising that Commanders-in-Chief feel he lacks confidence in them; delays due to modifications being made to tanks.

Dates: 19 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 18 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/30-31
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Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC advising on Brigadier John Whiteley's departure; "I cannot accept that any important changes have been made in plans agreed upon without warning or reason" and on the date for [Crusader, codename for major British operation in North Africa].

Dates: 18 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/33
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Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC replying to CHAR 20/44/27 on modifications to tanks and Brigadier John Whiteley's arrival in Britain.

Dates: 20 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 21 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/34-35
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Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, accepting new dates for campaign [Crusader, codename for major British operation in North Africa], querying unloading times taken and comparisons with enemy divisions.

Dates: 21 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 21 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/37
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Telegram from WSC to Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] complaining about delays in unloading tanks and proceeding with operations; Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman has corrected the alarmist view of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East] on enemy air superiority.

Dates: 21 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/43-44
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Telegram from Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC on delays to utilisation of tanks; Brigadier John Whiteley can give accurate figures on enemy strength.

Dates: 23 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/45
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Telegram from the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] to WSC advising that War Office did know about essential alterations to tank axles; Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East] and Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] feel their competence questioned, especially over Tedder's "misleading figures", seek reassurance.

Dates: 23 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/46-48
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Telegram from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] advising that he will support Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Middle East] and Auchinleck should commence attack; proceed to Tripoli [Libya] if possible; Soviets are holding Moscow [Soviet Union] and "winter is near. This is the moment for us to strike hard"; includes envelope.

Dates: 24 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 24 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/50-52
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Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser] with comparisons of enemy and allied strength, agreed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Middle East] and Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, anticipating large scale offensive.

Dates: 24 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/53-54
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Telegrams from the British High Commissioner in South Africa [4th Lord Harlech, earlier William Ormsby-Gore] and General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC regarding troubled Soviet front and importance to morale of advance in Libya; Smuts suggests large scale bombing offensive on Germany would "impress world opinion".

Dates: 23 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/60
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Telegram from Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder [Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Middle East] to WSC expressing confidence in assisting the army offensive.

Dates: 25 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/61
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Telegram from WSC to the Prime Minister of Australia [John Curtin] advising that evacuation of Tobruk [Libya] has begun; doubts that Japan will attack until the Soviet Union falls; will send new battleship Prince of Wales to join Repulse in Indian Ocean.

Dates: 25 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/62-68
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Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] for Commanders-in- Chief Committee Middle East advising against relying on German engagement in the Soviet Union; feels Whipcord [codename for a British plan for the invasion of Sicily] should proceed immediately relying on superiority of Allied air power, to link up with Mediterranean; Germany will be threatened in Europe and provoke resistance by Spain.

Dates: 25 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/69
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Telegram from WSC to Commanders-in-Chief, Middle East agreeing to proceed at the dark of the moon; command could be exercised from Malta as suggested by Lieutenant-General Harold Alexander [General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command].

Dates: 25 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/71
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Telegram from WSC to [Sir Stafford Cripps, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] on transportation obstacles to sending British divisions to the Caucasus.

Dates: 25 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/80-84
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Telegram from Commanders-in-Chief to WSC on limiting campaigns to strategically essential goals, the defence of the Delta and Canal [? Nile Delta and Suez Canal, Egypt], Basra [Iraq] and the Caucasus and the Bastion of Taurus Range [Toros Daglari, Turkey]; Whipcord [codename for British plan for the invasion of Sicily] not essential, should defend Soviet oil-fields and occupy Bizerta [Tunisia] to secure control of Mediterranean.

Dates: 27 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 28 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/87-91
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Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] arguing that the Soviet Union has caused her own predicament, and that help from the Allies can only take the form of supplies as the Soviet Union has no shortage of man-power, annotated by WSC.

Dates: 28 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 29 Oct 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/44/92
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Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] explaining that the bombing campaign has been dispersed due to bad weather and inadequate navigational aids.

Dates: 29 Oct 1941
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 07 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/114
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Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on importance of gaining Arab support by establishment of Syrian independence.

Dates: 07 Jul 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), 07 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/115
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Telegram from WSC to Marshal Stalin supporting Soviet resistance to German invasion, referring to British air and naval operations against Germany, commenting on the possibility of a British operation in the Arctic, and welcoming the arrival of the Russian Military Mission. "We have only got to go on fighting to beat the life out of these villains.".

Dates: 07 Jul 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), 07 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/116-119
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Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt on plan for the defence of the Atlantic: He comments on implications of U-boat attacks for convoys and escorts, and regrets Senator Wheeler's indiscretion revealing the destination of United States expedition recently departed from Newfoundland [later part of Canada] for Iceland. [Telegram has been bound incorrectly, with first page at back].

Dates: 07 Jul 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), 08 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/123
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Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on improvement of defences at Gibraltar, installation of a broadcasting transmitter, distribution of propaganda over North Africa by Special Operations Executive, and appointment of an American Liaison Officer.

Dates: 08 Jul 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), 09 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/127-128
Scope and Contents Telegram from Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] to WSC with first impressions of organisation in Middle Eastern theatre. He comments on need for troop carriers to transfer air personnel from the Delta to Palestine [later Israel]; the need for closer co-ordination between Middle East and India, and between all three services; the situation with regard to the Red Sea and Egyptian ports; the number of men on the rationed strength; the tactical training...
Dates: 09 Jul 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), 11 Jul 1941

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/40/133
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC stating that he does not "wish any alteration in composition of convoy W.S.10".

Dates: 11 Jul 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.