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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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Memoir, 1929-39, 1992

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MORE 1
Scope and Contents

Mainly concerns his school career, 1936-9, and training as a naval cadet, 1939.

Dates: 1992
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Memoirs of the Preparation of the Home Office War Book by Ronald Wells

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/WELL
Scope and Contents

Wells describes his role in the compilation and maintenance of the Home Office War Book. He also relates anecdotes about key figures such as Warren Fisher as well as staff including Sir Joseph Ball and Lawrence Burgis.

Dates: 1935 - 1939
Conditions Governing Access: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Memorabilia

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/BGND A.61
Scope and Contents

Second World War Identity Card; driving licence 1938-50; motor fuel ration book; headed notepaper, calling cards etc.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Memoranda and speeches by Croft, 1917 - 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRFT 2
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Subjects covered by the papers include the campaign for Protection and the Empire Industries Association, the National Party, India, the Spanish Civil War and the First and Second World Wars.

Dates: 1917 - 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Mena and Teheran Conferences, 1943-11 - 1943-12

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRDW I Photo 8
Scope and Contents

Photographs of the conferences in Egypt and Iran.

Dates: 1943-11 - 1943-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Mers-el-Kébir, 3 juillet 1940: Exposé chronologique du combat de Mers-el-Kébir, d'après les documents photographiques

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Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10389
Scope and Contents Portfolio produced by A. Devauchelle issued in slipcase including dedicated compartments for 75 photographs (15 photographs of the site before the attack, 54 photographs of the attack, 6 photographs of the military funeral), a copy of 'Expose chronologique du combat de Mers-el-Kébir' (cover title: 'Mers-el-Kébir, 3 juillet 1940'), and a facsimile ("réimpression pour complément de collection") excerpt of issue 5085 of the journal "L'illustration", 24 August 1940, pages [453]-462, including...
Dates: 1980s?
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Metals Society

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/METL
Scope and Contents

British Intelligence Objectives Sub-committee and Combined Intelligence Objectives
Sub-committee reports on German and Japanese war industry.

Dates: 1939 - 1952
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Microfilm copies of "ULTRA" signals

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/ULTR
Scope and Contents

Consisting of intelligence from intercepted enemy communications, forwarded from the Admiralty to Allied Commands, "Cairo Series", June 1942-September 1943.

Generally being decrypts from the Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, using the Enigma machine. The Enigma signals were given a special security classification, "MSS" (Most Secret Source) or "ULTRA".

Dates: 1942-06 - 1943-09
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Middle East, 1940-09 - 1942-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CORB 4
Scope and Contents

Includes: reports on Corbett's visits to Egypt and the Western Desert; papers on armoured tactics; intelligence reports; Corbett's proposals for reorganization of Armoured Divisions in the 10th Army; correspondence between Corbett and General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East; analysis of operations at Cyrenaica [Libya]; Corbett's notes on tank operations in Egypt and Palestine; letters and papers on Corbett's departure from the Middle East.

Dates: 1940-09 - 1942-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Ministry of Defence Chronometer Department, Herstmonceux, Papers, c.1872-1876, 1924, 1927, 1937, 1939-1948, and c.1954-1983 (bulk) , 1924 - 1937, bulk: 1954 - 1983

 Sub-Series
Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 71/1
Scope and Contents Most of the records retained by the Chronometer Department date to the Herstmonceux era and relate to the service, repair and overhaul of Admiralty owned chronometers at the workshop there. Many of the files bear ‘Chronometer Laboratory’ file series numbers 38 or 39 and have been grouped accordingly. A series of photographs (series 4) includes images of H1, H4 and Kendall 1 and 2, along with two sets of photographs showing the Chronometer Department and staff at Bradford on Avon during the...
Dates: c.1872-1876, 1924, 1927, 1937, 1939-1948, and c.1954-1983 (bulk) ; 1924 - 1937; Majority of material found within 1954 - 1983
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Ministry of Defence Chronometer Department, Herstmonceux, Papers; with John Hobden Papers and George Rickett Papers, 1872-2018 (mainly 1939-1983)

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 71
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of the Ministry of Defence Chronometer Department (series 1), based at Bradford on Avon (1939-1948) and then Herstmonceux Castle. Also catalogued here are two donated collections: papers relating to marine chronometers by John Hobden who worked at the Chronometer Department (series 2); and papers and photographs from George W. Rickett (1903-1978) who ran the Chronometer Department while it was based at Bradford on Avon (series 3).

Dates: 1872-2018 (mainly 1939-1983)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Miscellaneous articles and items, 1937-08 - 1948-10

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/31
Scope and Contents Texts of papers by LSA on subjects including: Free Trade and the Most Favoured Nation clause; functions of a National Planning Board; the future of Italy; trade; Europe, the Commonwealth and world security; comparisons between the Swiss and British systems of government; Europe and Germany; economic warfare; the 1940 budget. Also includes: list of articles; pamphlet on post-war opportunities in the colonial service; notes on George Yeh, representative of the Chinese Ministry of...
Dates: 1937-08 - 1948-10
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina, 1942 - 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/12
Scope and Contents

Newsreels and uncut footage of Winston Churchill, including: Churchill’s visit to Bradford [Yorkshire], 1942; arriving back from the Soviet Union, Sept 1942; Quebec [Canada], Aug 1943; MS at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia [United States], Sept 1943; MS christening a bomber, May 1944; Churchill visiting MS’s anti-aircraft battery, Edenbridge [Kent], Jun 1944.

Dates: 1942 - 1944
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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"Mr Churchill to the Czechs: Be of Good Cheer", 1 Oct 1940

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/144/71-75
Scope and Contents

Extract from the Times containing the text of WSC's broadcast (30 September 1940, BBC) to the people of Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia] including Germany's breach of the terms of the Munich Agreement, Hitler's ambitions to incorporate Czechoslovakia, admiration for the Czechs. Ends by stating: "Be in good cheer. The hour of your deliverance will come. The soul of freedom is deathless; it cannot, and will not perish."Carbon typed copy. Filing envelope present.

Dates: 1 Oct 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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MS diary, 1939-08 - 1939-09

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/DUFC 15/1/28
Scope and Contents

Covers the outbreak of war.

Dates: 1939-08 - 1939-09
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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MS diary, 1945-01 - 1945-12

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/DUFC 15/1/33
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Manuscript and typescript diaries kept by Cooper, including some typescript copies of the manuscript diaries.

Dates: 1945-01 - 1945-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My family saga", 1955 - 1976

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/GALN 2
Scope and Contents Autobiographical account by George Allen written for his family covering his life and naval career, highlighting key events and turning points and analysing his response to them. Also includes details of people, colleagues and family members. Subjects, issues and people covered include: childhood and education; his mother, Beatrice Allen (née Wilkinson, known as Betty) and her circumstances and career; joining the Royal Navy aged 12, naval traditions, reforms to the navy by [Sir...
Dates: 1955 - 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My Political Life": correspondence for Volume IV, 1950-04 - 1959-04

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 8/82
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: 1st Lord Alanbrooke [former Chief of Imperial General Staff, earlier Sir Alan Brooke] on subjects including strategic bombing policy (4); Francis Turnbull [former Principal Private Secretary to LSA as Secretary of State for India] (2); Graham Spry [former Personal Assistant to Sir (Richard) Stafford Cripps and member of the Cripps Mission to India] (2); Sir Arthur Lothian [former British Resident at Hyderabad] on relations with the Indian Princes (4); Major-General...
Dates: 1950-04 - 1959-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My Political Life": notes for corrections, Volume IV, 1940-07 - 1955-07

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 8/83
Scope and Contents Correspondents include: Andrew Acheson, Assistant Secretary, Cabinet Office; Professor James Butler [Chief Historian for the Official Military Histories of War]; Major-General Ian Playfair; John Ehrman [Historian, Cabinet Office]; 1st Lord Salter; Clement Attlee, recalling the decision to keep [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] out of the War Cabinet; Robert Boothby, recalling the rebellion against Chamberlain; General Sir Alan Brooke [Chief of...
Dates: 1940-07 - 1955-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My Political Life": Volume III, "The Unforgiving Years", original typescript chapters 12 to end, 1953-08 - 1954-12

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 8/87
Scope and Contents

Annotated typescript, covering: the Munich Crisis; the build-up from Munich to the outbreak of the Second World War; the formation of the War Cabinet, early months of the war and fall of [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain.

Dates: 1953-08 - 1954-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My Political Life": Volume IV, chapters 1-5, 1953-08 - 1955-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 8/84
Scope and Contents

Text, including annotations by Francis Turnbull [Principal Private Secretary to LSA as Secretary of State for India], covering: the war effort; LSA's Indian policy; the war in the Middle East; Winston Churchill, Prime Minister and Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States; the Churchill Government, 1940-41.

Dates: 1953-08 - 1955-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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"My Political Life": Volume IV, chapters 6-8, 1953-08 - 1955-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 8/85
Scope and Contents

Text, including annotations by Francis Turnbull [Principal Private Secretary to LSA as Secretary of State for India] on LSA's Indian policy.

Dates: 1953-08 - 1955-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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'My Six Years in Bomber Command' by J. A. Whittet, 2000

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Reference Code: GBR/1058/COL/11/23/Whittet/1
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Material relating to those with a surname beginning 'W'.

Dates: Publication: 2000
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National Churchill Day: Resistance material, 1973-08 - 1974-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/HARD 2
Scope and Contents Material collected by Russell Hardy during his campaign, relating to Resistance movements in the Second World War, including: letters to Hardy from Donald Caskie and Sir Colin Gubbins; notes on a memorial to the Norwegian Resistance fighters who trained in Scotland (dedicated by Caskie); article on the Danish Resistance movement by Ebbe Munck, with letters from Munck to Hardy; notes on Winston Churchill's help to the Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Resistances; note on the formation of the...
Dates: 1973-08 - 1974-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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National Service and Armed Forces staff records, 1939 - 1949

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 8/3
Scope and Contents

Records of staff undertaking National Service or serving in the Armed Forces, including registration and enlistment details; a letter from the Admiralty regarding the release of female staff for uniformed service; correspondence detailing the deferment of necessary staff from military service; and correspondence concerning Mr Oliver, a conscientious objector.

Dates: 1939 - 1949
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).