Second World War (1939-1945)
Found in 2725 Collections and/or Records:
Telegram from HQ Bomber Command to the Air Ministry passing on a message from Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris [Commander in Chief Bomber Command] thanking WSC for his message on behalf of HM Government and praising his "unfailing encouragement", stating: "you were foremost of the pathfinders". [annotated by WSC's Private Office].
Telegram from the Air Ministry to Bomber Command passing on a message from WSC to [Commander in Chief] Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris praising the "decisive contribution" of Bomber Command in the victory over Germany.
Telegram from the Air Ministry to Allied Forces HQ passing on a "Personal and Top Secret" message from WSC to Field Marshal [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] enclosing a message for [Lieutenant] General [John] Cannon [Commander in Chief of Allied Air Forces in the Mediterranean Theatre] congratulating him and the airmen under his command on their work throughout the war in the Mediterranean.
Table indicating the chain of command under General [Dwight] Eisenhower, Supreme Commander [Allied Expeditionary Force in Western Europe, United States Army].
Letter from Herbert Morrison [Lord President of the Council] (Privy Council Office, Great George Street) to WSC marked "Secret" commenting on: the recent election campaign and remarks made by WSC on a visit to Lewisham [London]; WSC's method of conducting War Cabinet business; discussion on warnings for single V1s [flying bombs]; reaction to the subsequent incident at Lewisham; and hoping their disagreement will not have a long-term effect on their relationship. [signed].
Letter from WSC (Chartwell) to Herbert Morrison [Lord President of the Council] requesting an apology or withdrawal of Morrison's allegations about WSC's conduct concerning warnings for single V1 [flying] bombs and the subsequent Lewisham (London) incident, and commenting on discussion of warnings and Morrison's allegation that he had "countermanded" WSC's decision. [Carbon copy].
Cutting from the Daily Telegraph: letter from Major C H Mowbray, District Warden, Blackheath [London], stating that if a warning had been given before the flying bomb fell in Lewisham [London], the casualty list would have been higher as it fell on a shelter.
Minute from "J R C" [John Colville, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC setting out the sequence of events concerning the "single flying bomb issue" and stating that there is nothing in these papers to bear out [Herbert] Morrison's [then Home Secretary] statement that he countermanded WSC's order. [initialled and annotated by Colville].
History of the decision that a warning should not be sounded for single flying bombs. [Typescript prepared by ?WSC's Private Office and annotated by John Colville, Prime Minister's Private Secretary].
Minute from V G Laithwaite to Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet] giving Sir William Brown's (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Security) comments on happenings in the Ministry on receipt of the news of the Lewisham [London] flying bomb. [Copy].
Extracts from War Cabinet, Chiefs of Staff, and Civil Defence Committee minutes for June and July 1944 of discussions on warnings for flying bomb attacks.
Cutting from the Daily Telegraph reporting a speech by Herbert Morrison at a Labour rally in Greenock [Renfrewshire, Scotland] attacking WSC's electoral performance, accusing him of "dictatorial" tendencies, and commenting on the Lewisham [London] flying bomb incident.
Minute from [General Sir Hastings] Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence] to WSC giving background on the decision not to sound the sirens for single flying bomb incidents, sending on information on the "spread" of flying bombs [around London] in June and July 1944 [CHAR 20/231/52], and recommending that WSC does not make use of these statistics because of a ban on publishing such details. [signed].
Note on the "spread" of V1 flying bombs around London in June and July 1944. [prepared by the Ministry of Defence and flagged "A"].
Minute from "J H P" [John Peck, Prime Minister's Private Secretary] to WSC on the background to the decision that a warning should not be sounded for single flying bombs. [initialled; annotated by Peck and WSC].
Cutting [from the Kentish Mercury] on statements by Herbert Morrison at an election meeting in East Lewisham [London] on WSC and the decision not to sound warnings for single flying bombs.
Memorandum [from Henry Brooke, later Lord Brooke of Cumnor, MP for West Lewisham, London] attaching a report from the Kentish Mercury [CHAR 20/231/56] and commenting on the likely effect on local Conservative electoral fortunes of remarks by Herbert Morrison on the Lewisham flying bomb. [Carbon copy].
Cutting from the Times reporting a meeting in East Lewisham [London] at which Herbert Morrison, former Minister of Home Security, defended himself in connection with two bomb incidents in the constituency, claiming he countermanded WSC's order that sirens should not be sounded in single flying bomb incidents.
Cutting from Hansard of a statement by Herbert Morrison, Home Secretary, on warning signals for flying bomb attacks followed by a number of questions.
Extract from War Cabinet minutes of discussions on the public warning system for attacks by flying bombs in relation to public transport, including contributions from the Home Secretary and Minister of Home Security [Herbert Morrison] and the Minister of War Transport [1st Lord Leathers].