Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign.

Reference code: CHAR 16/11

Part of: CHAR 16
Next record: CHAR 16/12
Previous record: CHAR 16/10

Date: 24 Aug 1919 - 30 Sep 1919

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Correspondents include: Lieutenant-General Serge Belosselsky-Belozersky (3); Lord French [earlier Sir John French, later 1st Lord Ypres, Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland] and General Sir William Robertson [Commander-in-Chief, British Army on the Rhine] on Robertson being appointed to Ireland; General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff] (9) on subjects including matters discussed at the Paris [France] Peace Conference and Wilson's health; Major-General Sir Hugh Trenchard [Chief of the Air Staff] on air service funding; Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig [Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Great Britain]; Lieutenant-General Sir William Furse [Master-General of the Ordnance] on administering pension districts; Andrew Bonar Law [Lord Privy Seal] asking for assistance concerning a promotion (2); Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air] (2) on subjects including airships and disposal of surplus property; Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] (5) on subjects including General 1st Lord Allenby's return to England; Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Horlick on the inter-allied force for Thrace [later Greece and Turkey]; Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Murray; Walter Long [First Lord of the Admiralty]; Peter Bark; General Nikolai Youdenitch thanking WSC for his assistance; David Lloyd George criticising WSC for being "obsessed" with Russia; Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] and Major-General Charles Harington [Deputy Chief of Imperial General Staff] on 3rd Lord Gorell [earlier Ronald Barnes, Deputy Director of Staff Duties at the War Office]; Lieutenant-General N Yermolov, P Sabline and G Wolkov (3) [Russian Embassy]; 1st Lord Milner [Secretary of State for the Colonies]; 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council] on William O'Reilly [Acting High Commissioner, Vladivostok, Russia]; General Yevgenii Miller [Governor-General of Archangel, Russia] (2); Major-General Tom Bridges [Head of Military Mission Allied Armies of the Orient]; and Desmond Morton on information from Colonel Hunter about an "anti-Bolshevik defensive" and a meeting between Hunter and Scale, a representative of M I 1 c.

Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Arthur Balfour [Foreign Secretary], Sir Laming Worthington-Evans [Minister of Pensions], and 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V].

Subjects covered by the file include: delays to demobilisation; matters concerning the campaign in Russia, including the situation in north-west Russia, the Caucasus, support for Admiral Alexander Kolchak, General Anton Denikin, and Youdenitch, and independence for the small Baltic states; releasing German prisoners of war; Syrian and Egyptian affairs; army estimates; reductions in the army high command.

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Physical: 2 files, 1 bound and 1 folder (174 folios)
Publication: Alternative format: Available on microfilm, apart from folio 46 which is available as an original document.
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