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Air warfare

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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 1039 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 24 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/95-96
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Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and secret" regarding the lack of communication from Premier Stalin, apart from a cryptic "Thank you", commenting on its implications for their plans to send planes and supplies to the Soviet Union, speculating on the reasons for the silence, and asking Roosevelt for his thoughts.

Dates: 24 Oct 1942
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), 24 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/98
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Telegram from President Roosevelt to WSC marked "most secret" commenting on plans to increase production of escort vessels, merchant ships, and combat planes in 1943. Also makes brief mention of Guadalcanal [Solomon Islands], Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to the United Kingdom, and wishes WSC good luck with the battle in the Libyan desert.

Dates: 24 Oct 1942
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), 24 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/99
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Telegram from WSC to Resident Minister in West Africa [Lord Swinton, earlier Philip Lloyd Greame and Philip Cunliffe Lister] marked "most secret" informing him of details of the arrival of the British Catalina Squadron in West Africa and the American B.24's on Ascension Island.

Dates: 24 Oct 1942
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), 14 Mar 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/71B/165
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Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington, United States] suggesting alterations to an Allied document on war strategy: suggests "essentials" should be an assumption of an offensive against Japan, an air offensive against Germany to relieve the Soviet Union, and British mastery of the Indian Ocean.

Dates: 14 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 16 Mar 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/71B/171
Scope and Contents Telegram from Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Head of British Joint Staff Mission, Washington, United States] to WSC replying to comments by WSC [see CHAR 20/71B/165] on war strategy: comments on the security of Great Britain and the United States, the development of the American Pacific Fleet, the importance of the southern Soviet Union and Middle East theatres, the ineffectiveness of an air offensive against Germany from Britain and the impracticality of a land offensive in Europe; concludes...
Dates: 16 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 17 Mar 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/71B/183-193
Scope and Contents Telegram from WSC to the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt]: states that he has not yet heard from Australia and New Zealand but that in principle there are great merits resulting from the United States controlling the Pacific sphere and Britain controlling the Indian sphere; comments on the need for the American and British navies to work to a common strategy; describes British naval force in the Central Indian Ocean; comments on the need to co-ordinate all naval commands...
Dates: 17 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 23 Mar 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 1/25/8
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F Tebbitt (an old Natal Colonist) to WSC, on the use of balloons against the Boers in South Africa.

Dates: 23 Mar 1900
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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"War cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: Weekly Resume (no.40) of the Naval, Military and Air Situation", 30 May- 6 Jun 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/5/1-14
Scope and Contents Detailed summary of the war situation including: the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk including the effect of weather conditions, numbers evacuated, naval losses and attacks by German bombers; attacks by U-boats on seaborne trade; anti-submarine operations; German trade; overview of the military and air situation covering Norway, Italy, the North Sea and coastal operations, the bombing of Great Britain, attacks on Germany by Bomber Command, French and German air...
Dates: 30 May- 6 Jun 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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"War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: Weekly Resume (no.56) of the naval, military and air situation from 12 noon September to 12 noon September 26th, 1940", 27 Sep 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 23/6/86-99
Scope and Contents Summary of events including: attempted landing at Dakar by General [Charles] de Gaulle; U boat activity in the North Atlantic and shipping losses; operations by German raiders; information about the disposition of German and Italian troops; events in Greece, Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia], Bulgaria, the Mediterranean and the Middle East; air attacks on Germany (including Berlin) and on invasion ports in France and...
Dates: 27 Sep 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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War in Three Dimensions, 1947-02 - 1953-05

Reference Code: GBR/0014/POLL 1/6/8
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the publication and sales of War in Three Dimensions, by Air Vice-Marshal Edgar Kingston-McCloughry [Chief Air Defence Officer, Ministry of Defence] and JEP. Correspondence is mainly with Kingston-McCloughry, but other correspondents include: William Hawthorne [George Westinghouse Professor of Mechanical Engineering] on the dangers of increasing reliance on atomic defence, particularly in the case of the Korean War (2); representatives of Jonathan Cape Limited (4),...
Dates: 1947-02 - 1953-05
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Please see individual files for details.
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"Wars are not won by evacuations", 04 Jun 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/140A/9-28
Scope and Contents Typescript copy of notes for WSC's speech on the fall of Belgium and surrender of King [Leopold] of Belgium; the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk [France]; the successes of the RAF; losses of men and weaponry; military development and the possibility of German invasion. Speech includes the phrase "We shall fight on the beaches . . . We shall never surrender".Carbon typescript copy with some manuscript annotations in ink [not by WSC] laid out in "psalm style" apart...
Dates: 04 Jun 1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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"Westward, look, the land is bright", 27 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/150B/124-142
Scope and Contents Speaking notes for WSC's broadcast (27 April, BBC) on the war situation including: public morale; his tours of bomb-damaged cities; General Sir Archibald Wavell's [Commander in Chief Middle East] successes in Libya; German successes in the Balkans and British support for Greece; admiration in the United States for Great Britain; praise for troops from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC); condemnation of [Benito] Mussolini "This whipped jackal"; the Battle of the Atlantic and praise...
Dates: 27 Apr 1941
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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White Papers, 1916 - 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FISR 8/62
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Subjects include: the Royal Aircraft Factory; staff employed in government departments; the American Aviation Mission; the cost of naval and military operations in Russia from the armistice to November 1919; an investigation into the sinking of the Lusitania.

Dates: 1916 - 1919
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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Whittle Associated Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WHTL AS
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These papers were deposited by people who knew or worked with Frank Whittle. The contents are mainly reports produced for Power Jets Limited during World War II.

Dates: 1939 - 1997
Conditions Governing Access: The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.