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

Reference code: CHAR 16/8

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Date: 02 Jun 1919 - 30 Jun 1919

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Correspondents include: General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff] (12); George Roberts [Food Controller] and Sir Eric Geddes on Sir Guy Granet being honoured; Winifred, Duchess of Portland; Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood] (5) on subjects including the situation in Hungary and Czechoslovakia; Admiral Charles Beresford; Sir Reginald Brade [Secretary, War Office]; Josiah Wedgwood (2) asking for WSC's assistance in connection with a trip to Vienna [Austria]; Major-General Tom Bridges [Head of Military Mission Allied Armies of the Orient]; 1st Lord Curzon [Lord President of Council] (4); General Sir William Robertson [Commander-in-Chief, British Army on the Rhine]; Lieutenant-General Sir Hubert Gough on subjects including his Baltic mission; Sir Ian Malcolm [Private Secretary to Arthur Balfour at the Peace Conference, Paris, France]; Austen Chamberlain [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on the recruiting campaign for the voluntary army; Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien [Governor of Gibraltar] objecting to an account of the events of 1914 by Lord French [earlier Sir John French, later 1st Lord Ypres]; Major-General William Thwaites [Director of Military Intelligence, War Office] (2); General Carl Mannerheim.

Also includes copy telegrams and letters from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to David Lloyd George, 1st Lord Stamfordham [earlier Sir Arthur Bigge, Private Secretary to King George V], 1st Lord Birkenhead [earlier F E Smith, Lord Chancellor], Major-General John Seely [later 1st Lord Mottistone, Under-Secretary of State for Air], Sir Auckland Geddes [Minister of National Service and Reconstruction], and 1st Lord Milner [Secretary of State for the Colonies].

Subjects covered by the file include: recommendations for honours; matters concerning the campaign in Russia, including operations in north Russia such as the proposed attack on Kotlas, the situation in the Caucasus, using Czech-Slovak troops on the Siberian front, and support for Admiral Alexander Kolchak; Belgium's ability to feed German civilians; army dress; army horses in Egypt; choosing military attaches for Rome [Italy] and Paris, including questions over Brigadier-General Edward Spears; flying casualties; rates of pay for ex-soldier clerks; armoured cars; aeronautical supplies; a victory march in Paris; war department lands in Canada.

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