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Second World War (1939-1945)

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 2730 Collections and/or Records:

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"Assignment to Catastrophe": source material, 1937 - 1952

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/18
Scope and Contents Documents relating to events in France, including: note by Major-General Harold Redman, former member of the War Cabinet Secretariat, on the Paris Secretariat in 1939-40; letters from Armando da Gama Ochoa, from the Portuguese Legation in Paris, to Arnold Inman, on the situation in Paris and reasons for the fall of France (1937-41); press cartoons; information from Maurice Dejean on German sympathisers in the cabinet of Paul Reynaud [Prime Minister of France]; press cuttings with letters...
Dates: 1937 - 1952
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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"Assignment to Catastrophe": source material, 1939

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/19
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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.

Dates: 1939
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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"Assignment to Catastrophe": source material, 1939 - 1948

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/20
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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.

Dates: 1939 - 1948
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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"Assignment to Catastrophe": source material, 1939 - 1952-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRS 8/21
Scope and Contents

Rough notes on "The Opposition", mainly comparisons between the French and German forces.

Dates: 1939 - 1952-08
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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Atlantic Meeting, 1941-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/BRDW I Photo 4
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Photographs of the meeting between WSC and Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States [at Placentia Bay] off the coast of Newfoundland [Canada].

Dates: 1941-08
Conditions Governing Access: Digital copies are available, to protect the fragile original.
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Battle of the Atlantic, 1943-10-06

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/EDSN 2/3
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Lecture by N. A Prichard [?], Director of Anti-Submarine Warfare on the Battle of the Atlantic.

Dates: 1943-10-06
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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BBC Propaganda Research, 1940 - 1948

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/ABMS 1
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Analyses of foreign broadcast propaganda and miscellaneous papers relating to Mark Abrams's work for the BBC Overseas Research Unit during World War II.

Dates: 1940 - 1948
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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BBC TV, Churchill, 1941-08 - 1950-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/10
Scope and Contents American footage of Winston Churchill, some uncut, including: the "Iron Curtain" speech, Fulton [United States], Mar 1946 (frequent gaps); various meetings between Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, particularly 2nd Quebec Conference, Canada, 1944 and Atlantic Charter meeting, 1941, plus Churchill visiting Roosevelt’s grave, 1946; ? Pearl Harbor (no audio); embarking at a naval harbour, c 1950s (no audio); arriving at Wolfe’s Cove, Canada, for the 2nd Quebec...
Dates: 1941-08 - 1950-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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BBC TV, Churchill 2, 1940 - 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/9
Scope and Contents Mostly uncut footage of Winston Churchill, mainly without audio, including: battle scenes; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Churchill touring the East End and the London docks after a bombing raid, c Sept 1940; reviewing London Civil Defence services, Hyde Park, Jul 1941; arriving in Ottawa [?] before addressing the Canadian Parliament with "Some chicken, some neck" speech, Dec 1941; crossing the Channel with Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord...
Dates: 1940 - 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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BBC TV, USA, Churchill 2, 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/11
Scope and Contents American footage of Winston Churchill, some uncut, including: D-Day landings and advance, 1944, with some of Churchill; Hitler in France; Churchill in Leghorn [Livorno], Italy, Aug 1944, including speaking to the US 34th Division; with Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Nov 1944; with General Dwight Eisenhower, Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke] and MS in France; Field Marshal 1st Lord Montgomery in Maastricht [Netherlands], 1944; Churchill,...
Dates: 1944
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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'Benito's booty', 1998-08-07

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Reference Code: GBR/1058/COL/11/2/Beck/1
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Photocopy of an article from The Times reagrding Beck's recent death and a collection of Mussolini's papers he had gathered at the end of the Second World War whilst flying in and out of Villa Carpena.

Dates: Publication: 1998-08-07
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British Naval Intelligence Papers, mainly of Donald McLachlan and Patrick Beesly.

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MLBE
Scope and Contents

The collection includes: McLachlan's papers for "Room 39"; Beesly's papers for "Very Special Intelligence" and for "Very Special Admiral"; and papers of Commander Lloyd Hirst, an intelligence officer.

Dates: 1926 - 1980
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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British Parliamentary delegation to Russia, 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/STKH 2/4
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This series contains correspondence, photographs, cuttings, and reports about the parliamentary delegation in 1945. Members of the group included Colonel Walter Elliott (Conservative MP), Mr Wilfred Roberts (Liberal MP), Lord Farrington, Mr Tom Fraser (Socialist MP), Mr PW Jewson (MP), Major RE Manningham Buller (Conservative MP), Mr John Parker (Socialist MP), Colonel CE Posonby (Conservative MP), and Commander Stephen King-Hall (Independent MP).

Dates: 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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Broadcast by Hore-Belisha on the progress of the war, 1939-10-21

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/HOBE 5/81
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The collection, though small, is interesting as no other papers appear to have been left by Hore-Belisha. It comprises letters, diaries, some photographs and documents (mainly copies) covering most of Hore-Belisha's career but concentrating on his most important position as War Minister from 1937-1939 and particularly the events surrounding his dismissal by Neville Chamberlain.

Dates: 1939-10-21
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Individual closures of files are indicated in the catalogue.
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Broadcasts, 1931-11 - 1952-07

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 1/7/17
Scope and Contents Texts of broadcasts by LSA on subjects including: Fairbridge Farm Schools in Australia; Empire defence; the economics of Empire; the 1935 Peace Ballot; the Empire and world peace; the politician versus the businessman; the Jewish settlement in Palestine; the Empire Producers Organisation; the way of peace; Germany's debt to European civilisation; tributes to Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia]; why Italy should not...
Dates: 1931-11 - 1952-07
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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Charles Bernard Denston: Papers

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Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10248
Scope and Contents

Autobiography, short stories, poems, personal recollections of working at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Duckworth Laboratory of Physical Anthropology in Cambridge, press cuttings and printed material on the experiences of former prisoners of war held by the Japanese.

Dates: 1938-2012
Conditions Governing Access: 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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Chartwell Display Items, 1941 - 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/WCHL 13
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Original documents deposited in the Churchill Archives Centre in 1980 from Chartwell [Kent] where they had been on display since Sir Winston's death.

Dates: 1941 - 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Closures are noted in the catalogue.
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Chartwell Record Collection, 1909-08 - 1970-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/WCHL 12
Scope and Contents

Gramophone record collection (plus other sound recordings) owned by Sir Winston Churchill. Includes large metal deed box marked 'The Rt Hon Winston Spencer Churchill' on the outside, containing the following items 12/1-3.

Dates: 1909-08 - 1970-08
Conditions Governing Access: The majority of items in WCHL 12 are closed on physical grounds, but some individual records do have access copies on cd: see catalogue for details.
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Christopher Hassall: Letters to George Benson and related papers

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Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10400
Scope and Contents

Correspondence written by Christopher Hassall to his friend George Benson, together with related items including a diary volume with entries by Hassall, literary texts by Hassall, notes by Benson, letters between other correspondents, and printed items.

Dates: 1933-1963
Conditions Governing Access: 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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Churchill archive, Imperial War Museum, 1900-08 - 1945-08

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/1
Scope and Contents Mainly general footage of the First World War and [?] Boer War, and footage from the 1920s and 1930s, but also includes: Winston Churchill’s visit to Bristol, Apr 1941; German film on 1945 General Election; Laurence Olivier reading from Churchill’s Finest Hour speech; Churchill at the victory parade, Berlin, 1945, and the Potsdam Conference; Churchill and his staff at Shoeburyness, Essex, watching a rocket demonstration, Jan 1941; part of broadcast on first ten weeks of war, Nov 1939;...
Dates: 1900-08 - 1945-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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Churchill, BBC footage (Pathé), 1939 - 1944

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/6
Scope and Contents Both Pathé newsreels and uncut footage of Winston Churchill, with and without audio, including: speaking at [?] Fort Jackson [United States], Jun 1942; signing agreements with Polish ministers; watching a northern infantry training school, Nov-Dec 1942; touring [?] Bradford, Yorkshire, Dec 1942; arriving in Ottawa, Canada, for [?]"Some chicken, some neck" speech, Dec 1941; visit to Moscow [Soviet Union]; visiting MS’s anti-aircraft unit at Edenbridge, Kent, June 1944; visit to Canada for 1st...
Dates: 1939 - 1944
Conditions Governing Access: Access version available.
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"Churchill Days": George Allen's recollections of working for Sir Winston Churchill, 1970

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/GALN 1
Scope and Contents Audio recording of Allen's account including observations on WSC and various encounters and discussions with WSC: meeting WSC; terms of employment, meetings at Hyde Park Gate; Chartwell and WSC’s hospitality and preferences for champagne and port or brandy, the cinema, WSC’s preferred walk after lunch to see the carp, swimming lake, black swans, butterfly house and tropical fish; detailed account of the organisation, process and methods of working on WSC’s memoirs including the roles of...
Dates: 1970
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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"Churchill in Carthage 1943: Dr Evan Bedford's War Diary", 2000

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/WCHL 6/97
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Copy of a paper by Dr Alex Sakula on Churchill's attack of pneumonia while he was in Tunisia in December 1943. The paper is based on the 1943-45 war diaries of Brigadier [Davis] Evan Bedford, the cardiac specialist and Consulting Physician to Middle East Forces, who helped to treat Churchill (and was later one of Sakula's teachers). Copies of Bedford's diaries are also included, together with some correspondence on the publication of Sakula's paper.

Dates: 2000
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Closures are noted in the catalogue.
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Churchill, Movietone complete, 1940 - 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/4
Scope and Contents Footage of Winston Churchill, including: visit to Moscow [Soviet Union], Oct 1944; visit to North Africa following victory, Jun 1943; progress of the war, Dec 1942; talks with Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Feb 1945; election broadcast, 1945; visit to Moscow, Oct 1944; 1945 General Election campaign tour; visit to Washington [United States], Jan 1942; tour of the north east, Newcastle and Sheffield; visit to Ottawa and "Some chicken, some neck" speech to Canadian Parliament, Dec 1941; new...
Dates: 1940 - 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.
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Churchill, Movietone footage, 1932 - 1945

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCHL 12/1/3
Scope and Contents Footage of Winston Churchill including: crossing the Rhine, Mar 1945; the wedding of Diana Churchill [later Diana Bailey and Diana Sandys] to John Bailey, 1932; receiving the freedom of the City of London, Jun 1943; returning from Quebec [Canada] aboard the Queen Mary, 1943; receiving an honorary degree from Harvard, Sept 1943; Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, 1943; Home Guard review, London; voyage to the United States on HMS Duke of York, Dec 1941; visit to Leeds [Yorkshire], [?] May 1942; speech on...
Dates: 1932 - 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Access copies must be requested in advance.