Official: Admiralty: Secret and Personal correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 19/2A-C

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Date: 1939 - 1947

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CHAR 19/2A/1-2 Letter from WSC to General Alphonse Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East] about plans for "Monitors". [carbon]. 09 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/3 Letter from WSC to Dr Hendrikus Colijn, Prime Minister of The Netherlands, expressing concern at his recent forced resignation from office. [carbon]. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/4 Letter from Dr Hendrikus Colijn, Prime Minister of The Netherlands, to WSC congratulating him on Britain's entry into the war and expressing satisfaction at having built up Dutch defences before having to resign from office. 07 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/5-6 Letter from Charles Corbin [French Ambassador to London] to WSC, offering congratulations on his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty [in French]; with reply hoping for victory in the struggle ahead. 05 Sep 1939-09 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/7 Letter from WSC to Brigadier-General [Edward] Spears hoping Spears would be able to act between [6th Lord] Gort [earlier John Vereker, Commander-in-Chief of the British Field Force] and [General Alphonse] Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East], or [General Sir] Edmund Ironside [Chief of Imperial General Staff] and [General Maurice] Gamelin [commanding French Land Forces], if WSC could arrange it. 09 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/8 Letter from Brigadier-General [Edward] Spears to WSC offering his services as liaison officer, both in a general capacity and to the War Cabinet under [1st] Lord Hankey [Minister without Portfolio]. 05 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/9 Letter from Leslie Burgin [Minister of Supply] to WSC on preparation of super-heavy artillery, reconditioning of guns and mountings and the shortage of live ammunition. [copy at CHAR 19/2C/254]. 11 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/10-11 Telegram from WSC to Randolph Churchill alerting him to the arrival of an important letter [copy]; with letter of acknowledgement from Randolph Churchill to WSC. 10 Sep 1939-11 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/12 Letter from WSC to Randolph Churchill with instructions for a special mission to the Captain-in-Charge at Portland, to deliver a letter to an unnamed person [Edward, Duke of Windsor, earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII]. [carbon]. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/13 Letter from WSC (Chartwell) to the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] welcoming him back to England. [carbon]. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/14-15 Letter from the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] to WSC, carried by [Sir] Walter Monckton, asking for some form of transport to be arranged to enable the Duke and his party to return from France to England. 06 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/16-17 Letter from [Sir] Walter Monckton to WSC on the Duke of Windsor's [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] return to England. 09 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/18 Letter from Sir Alexander Hardinge, Private Secretary to the King [George VI], asking WSC to co-operate with [Sir] Walter Monckton in arranging for the Duke of Windsor's [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] return to England. 08 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/19-20 Letter from WSC to the [2nd] Duke of Westminster warning him of the inadvisability of suggesting that the war was being fought for the benefit of Jews and international financiers, as had been inferred from a memorandum; drawing comparisons with Dr Gavin Clark MP in the Boer War. 29 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/21 Letter from the [2nd] Duke of Westminster to WSC explaining his memorandum which was passed to [1st] Lord Hankey [Minister without Portfolio] and others with the approval of John Seely [1st Lord Mottistone]. 28 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/22-23 Letter from WSC to the [2nd] Duke of Westminster expressing concern at the statement read out by the Duke, and hoping that their friendship will overcome former differences over foreign policy, during the time of war. [carbon]. 13 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/24-25 Telegram from WSC to the [2nd] Duke of Westminster notifying him of the dispatch of an important letter [copy]; with telegram of acknowledgement. 13 Sep 1939-14 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/26 Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George thanking him for his letter and hoping they could have a talk at a convenient time. [carbon]. 16 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/27-29 Letter from David Lloyd George (Bron-y-de, Churt, Surrey) to WSC justifying his article in the Daily Express which commented unfavourably on Italian attitudes to the war and dismissing WSC's criticism. 13 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/30-33 Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George expressing Cabinet concern about an article by him, providing an account of what WSC believed happened at Caporetto [Italy], and explaining that apologies had been conveyed to the Italian government. [carbon and draft]. 12 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/34 Telegram from Foreign Office to Sir Percy Loraine [British Ambassador to Italy] requiring him to apologise to Count [Galeazzo] Ciano [Italian Foreign Minister] on behalf of HM Government for the views expressed by David Lloyd George in a Daily Express article, and disassociating the British Government from any opinions voiced by the British press. [carbon]. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/35 Newspaper cutting of David Lloyd George's article in the Daily Express entitled "The First Week of the War", expressing strong opinions about the fighting capabilities of the countries involved. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/36 Letter from WSC to Anthony Eden [Secretary of State for the Dominions] asking for comment on an enclosure [not included in file] addressed to General [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]. [carbon]. 16 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/37 Letter from WSC to Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air, on the responsibilities of junior officers in anti-aircraft batteries. [carbon]. 20 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/38-39 Letter from Sir Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air] (Air Ministry) to WSC explaining Air Ministry policy on anti-aircraft responses to hostile activity and allowing authority in this matter to rest with the Commander-in-Chief, Fighter Command [Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding]. 21 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/40 Letter from Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air, (Air Ministry) to WSC agreeing that Germany may try to attack the Air Force as an initial act, and explaining that steps had been taken to protect the aircraft industry. 19 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/41-42 Letter from Squadron Leader Charles Anderson (Royal Air Force Station, Catfoss, near Hull [Yorkshire]) to WSC, enclosing a memorandum on the unfitness for service of a number of aerodromes on the West Coast, rendering trained men such as himself unemployed during a time of shortage of men and machinery. 16 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/43 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain suggesting occasional informal meetings of the War Cabinet Ministers, without the presence of civil servants and military advisers, giving ministers the opportunity to discuss the general position. [carbon; for draft see CHAR 19/2C/302]. 21 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/44 Letter from WSC to Lieutenant-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon [later 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara] regretting that he did not wish to be considered for the position of civil head of the Fleet Air Arm which WSC was proposing to introduce. [carbon]. 23 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/45 Letter from "Brab" [Lieutenant-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon, later 1st Lord Brabazon of Tara] (Treasury Chambers, Whitehall) to WSC explaining that [Sir] Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal] had passed on the offer of a post at the Admiralty and stating that he would be pleased to help but did not wish to be an Under-Secretary. 22 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/46-49 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain suggesting [1st] Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran] for the post of Additional Civil Lord overseeing the Fleet Air Arm and [Alfred] Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] to take over Lloyd's position as Chairman of the British Council. [carbon]. 29 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2A/50 Note from [Principal Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Eric] Seal to WSC suggesting that a memorandum be drafted as a letter; annotated by WSC "put by for present". [memorandum not included]. 04 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/51-53 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal] with suggestions for the reorganisation of the Home Front and rationing. [see CHAR 19/2C/311-313 for draft]. 08 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/54 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the re-drafting, at Lord Halifax's [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] suggestion, of a response to Hitler's proposal for peace. [enclosure not included in file]. 09 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/55 Minute from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to WSC on the inaccuracy of an article in the Daily Mirror on Chamberlain's adoption of WSC's suggested response to Hitler's peace proposal. [Oct 1939]
CHAR 19/2A/56-57 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to Neville Chamberlain expressing concern that a Daily Mirror article could make mischief between them, enclosing the cutting on Chamberlain's adoption of WSC's suggested response to Hitler's peace proposal. [carbon]. 11 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/58 Letter from WSC to Sir Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air] on the disparity between the good work of the pilot schools and factories as opposed to the "fighting results". [carbon]. [Oct 1939]
CHAR 19/2A/59 Letter from WSC to [Charles Corbin] the French Ambassador to Britain requesting him to pass on an enclosed letter to General [Alphonse] Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East] about the delivery of Oerlikon guns held up in Switzerland. [carbon]. 16 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/60-61 Letter from WSC to General [Alphonse] Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East] asking him to intervene with General [Henri] Guisan [Commander of the Swiss Armed Forces] to speed up delivery of some Oerlikon guns and speculating about future German manoeuvres. [carbon]. [Oct 1939]
CHAR 19/2A/62 Letter from the Charles Corbin, French Ambassador to Britain, to WSC informing him that his letter had been conveyed to General Alphonse Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East]. 17 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/63 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, sending a copy of a telegram to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir Charles Forbes] indicating that an event would be two weeks behind schedule. Annotated by WSC: "query what". 22 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/64 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on communication between Cabinet Ministers and the Press, particularly relating to consultation with the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood] prior to broadcasting. [carbon]. 27 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/65 Memorandum from WSC to Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir Charles Forbes] informing him that his message has been passed to the Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] and "will be destroyed by fire". [initialled by WSC]. 20 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/66 Letter from John Gades [United States Embassy, Brussels] to WSC, advising him not to attempt to visit Belgium due to German claims about the lack of Belgian neutrality. 30 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2A/67-68 Letter from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] on the wording of proposed peace conditions with Germany. [carbon]. 01 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/69-76 Statement by WSC to the French Admiralty on joint submarine warfare and the success of "ASDIC" [anti-submarine detection indicator]; the need for larger ships to oppose the Bismarck and continue the protection of trade routes. 03 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/77 Letter from WSC to [1st] Lord Hankey [Minister without Portfolio] acknowledging receipt of his letter, on the menace to Holland [the Netherlands] and Belgium and plans to protect assets from Germany. [carbon]. 10 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/78-79 Letter from [1st] Lord Hankey [Minister without Portfolio] to WSC on the menace to Holland [the Netherlands] and Belgium and plans to protect assets from Germany. 09 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/80 Letter from [Eric] Seal [Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] to Sir Walter Monckton about employment for [Vice-]Admiral [Cecil] Usborne. 13 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/81-82 Letter from [Sir] Walter Monckton to WSC asking for advice on the Press and Censorship Bureau, and on the employment of [Vice-]Admiral [Cecil] Usborne. 11 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/83 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on food rationing and using "Max" [1st Lord] Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] as an advisor. [carbon]. 14 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/84-86 Letter from WSC to the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] advising him against visiting England to see King George VI, and to behave with dignity. [carbon]. 17 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/87-88 Letter from [Sir] Walter Monckton to WSC on problems arising from the Duke of Windsor's [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] desire to meet with King George VI to discuss orders curtailing his freedom of movement. 16 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/89-90 Letter from Edward [Duke of Windsor, earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] (British Military Mission Number 1, Paris [France]) to WSC on George VI's order to Major-General Sir Richard Howard-Vyse [Head of Military Mission with French High Command] to prevent the Duke meeting British troops in France, and his desires to return to England to talk with the King. 14 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/91 Letter from [Sir] Walter Monckton to WSC on the Duke of Windsor's [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] decision to postpone his proposed visit to England. 11 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/92-93 Letter from [Sir] Walter Monckton to WSC advising that King George VI has been told through Sir Alexander Hardinge [his private secretary] of the Duke of Windsor's [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] determination to visit Britain, and that Leslie Hore-Belisha [Secretary of State for War] will also be notified. [annotated by WSC; with acknowledgement]. 13 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/94 Letter from the Duke of Windsor [earlier Edward, Prince of Wales and King Edward VIII] to [Sir] Walter Monckton asking for arrangements to be made for his return to England to see his brother [King George VI]. [copy]. 12 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/95-96 Letter from [Vice-]Admiral Sir Alexander Ramsay to WSC refusing a verbal offer of an appointment and commenting on the Fleet Air Arm. 23 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/97 Letter from WSC to [Vice-]Admiral Sir Alexander Ramsay relieving him of his position as 5th Sea Lord. [carbon]. 18 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/98 Copy of a letter from WSC to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] asking him to discuss a file with him and suggesting that he should talk to [Sir Stewart] Menzies [Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6]. Unsigned carbon. 21 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2A/99-100 Letters from [John] Higham [Assistant Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] to Christopher Hankey and [John] Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for Co-ordination of Defence] enclosing a copy of a letter. [carbons; see CHAR 19/2A/102-107]. 19 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2A/101 Copy of first page of a letter from WSC to Maurice [?Hankey] reporting on an interview with [Sir Stewart] Menzies [Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] and discussing an enquiry into the Secret Service. Unsigned carbon. [Nov] [1939]
CHAR 19/2A/102-107 Letter from WSC to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on replacing Sir Hugh Sinclair as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service with Captain [Gerald] Muirhead-Gould RN; also the need to improve Admiralty intelligence services, with note to Private Secretary on distribution. [carbon and draft]. 19 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/108 Memorandum from WSC to [Principal Private] Secretary [to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Eric] Seal requesting a letter about Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair's successor as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. [initialled by WSC]. 18 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/109 Note from Admiral Sir Guy Royle [Naval Secretary to First Lord] to WSC on possible appointment of Captain [Gerald] Muirhead-Gould RN as Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair's successor, as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. [annotated by WSC]. 17 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/110 Unsigned note from Prime Minister's Office asking WSC to see Captain [Gerald] Muirhead-Gould RN, the possible successor to Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair as head of the Secret Intelligence Service. [Nov 1939]
CHAR 19/2B/111 Note from Admiral Sir Guy Royle, Naval Secretary to First Lord, to WSC requesting nominations for Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair's successor as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. [Nov 1939]
CHAR 19/2B/112-113 Letter from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to Sir Archibald Carter [Permanent Secretary of Admiralty] asking for nominations from WSC and [Admiral of the Fleet Sir] Dudley Pound [1st Sea Lord] for Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair's replacement as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. 09 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/114 Letter from [Bernard] Sendall (Admiralty) to [Hubert] Gladwyn Jebb [later 1st Lord Gladwyn, Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs], enclosing information about Captain [Gerald] Muirhead-Gould RN, the possible successor to Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair as head of the Secret Intelligence Service. 21 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/115-119 Curriculum Vitae for Captain Gerard Muirhead-Gould RN, the possible successor to Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair as head of the Secret Intelligence Service, supplied by the Commissions and Warrants Division of the Admiralty. [annotated by WSC; with typescript copy]. [Nov 1939]
CHAR 19/2B/120-124 Letter from [1st] Lord Vansittart [Chief Diplomatic Adviser to Foreign Secretary] to WSC, enclosing copy of letter to Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air, containing information from a private source on German air and naval capabilities; with letter of thanks from WSC to Vansittart. 21 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/125-127 Letter from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC offering advice on a statement to the House of Commons on damage inflicted by German submarines; with letter of thanks from WSC to Halifax. 22 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/128-129 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet [1st] Lord Chatfield [Minister for Co-ordination of Defence] to WSC asking him not to mention Chatfield's involvement in the Royal Oak case; with acknowledgement. 22 Nov 1939-25 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/130-131 Letter from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin], Foreign Secretary, to WSC on German and Soviet intentions towards Scandinavia. 25 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/2B/132 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on discussions arising from "the Nelson affair" [the damaging of HMS Nelson by a magnetic mine]. [carbon]. 07 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2B/133 Letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to WSC, thanking him for letter on the "Nelson Affair", also commenting on his "interesting and instructive" visit to France. 19 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2B/134-135 Letter from WSC to Sir Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air] sending proposals for stabilising bomb sites, drawn up by Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant, not included]; with acknowledgement. 15 Dec 1939-16 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2B/136 Letter from Leslie Hore-Belisha to WSC explaining his resignation [as Secretary of State for War]. 11 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/137-138 Letter from WSC to Leslie Hore-Belisha regretting his decision to resign from the War Office. [for manuscript draft see CHAR 19/2C/277]. 11 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/139 Letter from ?H T Bairdike [Dominions Office] to [Bernard] Sendall [Admiralty] thanking him for sending a copy of a letter addressed to the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood]. 10 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2B/140-142 Letters from [Bernard] Sendall (Admiralty) to [Walter] Hankinson [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs], [John] Woods [Treasury] and Folliott Sandford [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Air], asking each to draw the enclosed letter [not included in file] addressed to the Lord Privy Seal [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood] to the attention of his Minister. 09 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2B/143-144 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to General [6th] Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker, Commander-in-Chief of the British Field Force] reassuring him of [Prime Minister Neville] Chamberlain's support despite rumours in the press of Gort's lack of loyalty towards the late Secretary of State for War [Leslie Hore-Belisha]. [carbon and draft]. 10 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/145 Letter from WSC to [Sir] Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air] seeking advice on an unspecified topic. 18 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/146 Letter from WSC to [Sir] Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air] on remarks made by Sir Roger Keyes in The Daily Telegraph [on the Fleet Air Arm]. [carbon]. 12 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/147 Letter from [Admiral of the Fleet 1st] Lord Chatfield [Minister for Co-ordination of Defence] to WSC thanking him for support over personal attacks in [1st Lord] Beaverbrook's [earlier Sir Max Aitken] newspapers. 13 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/148 Letter from Robert Boothby to WSC conveying, in confidence, Oliver [Stanley]'s dissatisfaction at inaccurate information supplied over the offer of the post of Secretary of State for War; annotated by WSC: "put by". 16 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/149-150 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain informing him of the advice given by Edward [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] and Sam [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal] to send [Brigadier-General] Louis [Edward] Spears to talk to [General Alphonse] Georges [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East] about mining the Rhine. [carbon]. 16 Feb 1940
CHAR 19/2B/151-165 Letter from [Brigadier-General] Louis [Edward] Spears to WSC indicating General Alphonse Georges's [Commander of the French Forces and Operations in the North East] enthusiasm for an extension of the Front and the possibility of action through Iran [Persia]. [original, with 3 typescript copies]. 12 Feb 1940
CHAR 19/2B/166 Letter from [Arthur] Rucker, [Principal] Private Secretary to Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain, to [Eric] Seal, Private Secretary to WSC, returning an enclosure of the 14 February. 15 Feb 1940
CHAR 19/2B/167 Letter from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] to WSC about the situation in the Baltic. 16 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2B/168 Letter from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office) to WSC on their different attitudes to the Narvik [Norway] project. 13 Jan [1940]
CHAR 19/2B/169-170 Letter and report from [5th Lord] Munster [earlier Geoffrey FitzClarence, ADC to 6th Lord Gort, earlier John Vereker, Commander-in-Chief of the British Field Force], to WSC on the German raid on Hartbusch. 16 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2B/171 Letter from Paul Reynaud [Prime Minister of France] to WSC, thanking him for letter on the new French Cabinet, and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] and a joint project. 23 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2B/172-173 Letter from WSC to Paul Reynaud [Prime Minister of France] on the composition of the new French Cabinet, particularly [Edouard] Daladier [Minister of War] and [Georges] Mandel [Minister of Colonies]; conveys enthusiasm from Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] for a joint project. [carbon]. 22 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2B/174 Note conveying Lord Halifax's [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] compliments. [initialled by WSC]. 28 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2B/175 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on staffing changes following the death of "Jack" [Sir John Gilmour, Minister of Shipping], referring to Robert Hudson, [Leo] Amery, [Geoffrey] Shakespeare [Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty] and Henry Page Croft. [manuscript draft, not in WSC's hand]. 31 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2B/176-178 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on creation of an Economic Minister, refers to Sir Kingsley Wood [Secretary of State for Air], Henry Page Croft and Sam [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal], and to his desire to visit Edouard Daladier [French Minister of War] to talk about the British mining operation in Norwegian waters. [manuscript copy, not in WSC's hand]. 01 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/179 Letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to WSC, thanking him for his ideas on the appointment of an Economic Minister; regrets not being able to use Henry Page Croft, for whom he has a "great regard"; cautions WSC about his proposed visit to France. [manuscript]. [Apr 1940]
CHAR 19/2B/180-181 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on his visit to France, and meetings with Edouard Daladier [French Minister of War], General [6th] Lord Gort [earlier John Vereker, Commander-in-Chief of the British Field Force], [General Sir John] Dill [Commander of 1st Army Corps, in France], commenting on a "foolish" interview given by [General Sir Edmund] Ironside [Chief of Imperial General Staff], and on success of [Operation] "Wilfred" [the British mining operation in Norwegian waters]. 06 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/182 Letter from WSC to [Brigadier-General] Louis [Edward] Spears explaining that he has no influence over Foreign Office ministers. [copy]. 09 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/183-185 Letter from [Brigadier-General] Louis [Edward] Spears to WSC on the urgent need to sort out diplomatic relations with the French before errors are committed as in World War I. 06 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/186 Letter from King George VI (Buckingham Palace) to WSC congratulating him on countering German aggression towards Scandinavia and requesting a meeting to discuss naval affairs. [in the King's hand]. 12 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/187 Letter from WSC (Admiralty) to King George VI thanking him for his encouragement and describing plans for the Scandinavian campaign. 15 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/188-190 Letter from [Eric] Seal, Private Secretary to WSC, to [Arthur] Rucker [Principal], Private Secretary to Prime Minster, asking for the enclosed memorandum by WSC on military action in Scandinavia to be passed to [Neville] Chamberlain and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary]. [carbon with manuscript annotations by WSC; 2 pages extant, subsequent pages not in file]. 11 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/191 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir Charles Forbes, Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, asking for clarification of decisions in Norwegian waters and offering information on rapidly changing events. [copy; for draft see CHAR 19/2C/291]. 09 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/192 Telegram from WSC to Flag Officer Narvik [Norway], [Admiral of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork [and Orrery] advising him to report any doubts to the Admiralty. [copy; for final version see CHAR 19/2C/292]. 17 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/193 Letter from Admiral [Sir Roger] Keyes to WSC asking him to pass enclosed message [not included in file] to the War Cabinet. 01 May 1940
CHAR 19/2B/194-195 Letter from Eva, Lady Keyes, to WSC asking him to find an unpaid position for her husband, Admiral [Sir Roger] Keyes, whose skills she feels would be of great use to the nation, but have been shamefully wasted. 23 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/196 Letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to WSC asking for a private meeting to discuss the Scandinavian situation. 24 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/197-199 Letter from [Rear-]Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser [Controller of the Navy] to WSC, criticising the evacuation of Central Norway and giving advice on future Scandinavian movements [annotated "First Lord saw Controller 30/4/40"]; with covering letter from "E A S" [Eric Seal, Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] to [Arthur] Rucker, [Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain]. [annotated "recalled before it was shown to the Prime Minister"]. 29 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/200-202 Letter from [1st] Lord Hankey [Minister without Portfolio] to WSC on Norwegian developments, which they both feel have not gone far enough, enclosing memorandum on the situation and further developments. 29 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/203 Typed note from WSC reading "to be returned to Mr [Denis] Kelly [WSC's literary assistant]". 18 Dec 1947
CHAR 19/2B/204-205 Letter from the Admiral [of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork [and Orrery] to WSC on the situation in Scandinavia, particularly Narvik [Norway]. 21 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2B/206 Letter from Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Private Secretary to WSC, to [H Godfrey], Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, acknowledging receipt of a file of secret and personal letters. [carbon]. 04 Oct 1946
CHAR 19/2B/207 Letter from [H Godfrey], Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Private Secretary to WSC, sending notes by WSC and Neville Chamberlain for WSC's files. 15 Oct 1946
CHAR 19/2B/208 Note from [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain to WSC, thanking him for his note which gave him and his wife much pleasure. [annotated by WSC]. 23 Nov [1939]
CHAR 19/2B/209 Notes by WSC on the possibility of bringing in all of the Balkan states against Germany, and a possible treaty with Turkey. [manuscript]. [1939] - [1940]
CHAR 19/2B/210 Letter from Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Private Secretary to WSC, to H Godfrey (Admiralty) thanking him for sending WSC's notes. 18 Oct 1946
CHAR 19/2C/211-230 WSC's manuscript alphabetical index cards, with names of correspondents, mostly international leaders, with an index number for each correspondence entered into. [1939] - [1940]
CHAR 19/2C/231 Letter from Admiral [Sir Roger] Keyes to WSC on plans to make a show of strength which would deter [Benito] Mussolini, asking to be allowed to act as quickly as possible. 17 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/232 Letter from Admiral [Sir Roger] Keyes to WSC pressing for action in Norway, asking for authority to lead a Royal Marine assault on Trondheim [Norway]. 26 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/233-237 Letters from [Sir Roger] Keyes to WSC and [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain on widespread dissatisfaction with the waging of the naval war, and the recent lack of success at Trondheim fjord and Steinkjer [Norway], mentions previous disasters in the World War I, and intrigue in the intervening years by [Admirals Sir Reginald] Bacon, [1st Lord] Jellicoe, [1st Lord] Beatty, [Sir Charles] Madden and especially [Sir Dudley] Pound [1st Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff]. Apr 1940-May 1940
CHAR 19/2C/238 File note on rearrangement of WSC's correspondence using index numbers and the original file. [see 19/2 C/211-230]. [May 1940]
CHAR 19/2C/239-248 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with thoughts on future action relating to Germany, advising against immediate bombing raids, commenting on supplies of artillery and munitions, and offering suggestions for the development of the Navy and Army. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/249-250 Memorandum from WSC (Admiralty) to Dr Leslie Burgin [Minister of Supply] on recovery of heavy artillery stored since World War I. 10 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/251-253 Memorandum from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on reasons for establishing a Ministry of Shipping. [carbon]. 11 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/254 Letter from Leslie Burgin, Minister of Supply, to WSC on super-heavy artillery. [see CHAR 19/2A/9 for original letter]. 11 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/255-259 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, speculating on German plans for the winter regarding the Balkans and the East; urging preparations to be made in Western Europe. [carbon with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 15 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/260-262 Letter from Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to WSC responding to suggestions for war preparation and discussing European strengths and weaknesses, commenting on the French Air Force. [annotated by WSC]. 16 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/263-266 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain agreeing on production objectives of 2000 aircraft per month and the need for the Army to be planned on a 50 or 55 division scale. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 18 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/267-269 Letter from WSC to Sir John Simon, Chancellor of the Exchequer, offering advice on cost-cutting in the forthcoming Budget. 24 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/270 Letter from WSC to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] referring to an enclosed memorandum [not included in file]. [carbon]. 08 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2C/271-273 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain reporting on recent military and naval engagements, particularly to HMS Exeter's fight with the Graf Spee, and the arrival of major Canadian convoy. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 17 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2C/274-276 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain reporting success against magnetic mines, expressing concern about American isolationism and possible German interests in Scandinavia. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 25 Dec 1939
CHAR 19/2C/277 Letter from WSC to Leslie Hore-Belisha on his resignation as Minister of War. [manuscript copy in WSC's hand; for typescript copy see CHAR 19/2B/137-138]. 10 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2C/278-280 Letter from WSC to [Lord Halifax, earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] expressing disquiet at current planning and considering the situation in the Low Countries. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 15 Jan 1940
CHAR 19/2C/281-283 Letter from WSC to [Lord] Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] on the adverse pattern of the war, and the lack of a clear plan beyond reaction to events. [manuscript copy by Eric Seal, Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty]. 14 Mar 1940
CHAR 19/2C/284-285 Letter from [Lord] Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office) to WSC on discussions with Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain] over WSC's proposed plan to offer Allied support to Sweden; Halifax advocates a less aggressive approach. [annotated by WSC at a later date: "There was justice in the Foreign Secretary's reply; by which I was convinced"]. 11 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/286-288 Letter from WSC to [Prime Minister] Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] urging that Sweden be encouraged not to remain neutral, but to declare war on Germany. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 11 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/289-290 Letter from WSC to Oliver Stanley [Secretary of State for War] suggesting sending tank units over to Flanders as part of Operation "Maurice". [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 13 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/291 Telegram from WSC to Admiral Sir Charles Forbes, Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, asking for clarification of decisions in Norwegian waters and offering information on rapidly changing events. [draft, for final version see CHAR 19/2B/191]. 02 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/292 Telegram from WSC to Admiral [of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork, [and Orrery] Flag Officer, Narvik [Norway], advising him to report any doubts to the Admiralty. [carbon, for draft see CHAR 19/2B/192]. [Apr 1940]
CHAR 19/2C/293-297 Letter from WSC to Admiral Sir Charles Forbes, Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet, offering congratulations on recent Naval victories off the Norwegian coast; mentions HMS Rodney, Illustrious and Suffolk; [Vice-]Admiral [Cedric] Holland, [Major-]General [Pierse] Mackesy and [Admiral of the Fleet, 12th] Lord Cork [and Orrery]. [carbon, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 17 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/298-299 Letter from WSC to Neville Chamberlain thanking him for his support and friendship on WSC's appointment as Prime Minister. [copy]. 10 May 1940
CHAR 19/2C/300 Letter from WSC to [Lord] Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin, Foreign Secretary] asking for continued support upon the event of WSC's appointment as Prime Minister. [copy, there is a further copy at CHAR 20/2A/2]. 10 May 1940
CHAR 19/2C/301 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on the burden of absolute responsibility for the Military Co-ordination Committee and operations in Norway [manuscript in WSC's hand]. Annotated "not sent 1L [First Lord] saw PM at 9.30 pm 24/4". [see CHAR 19/2C/308 and CHAR 19/5/11 for drafts]. 24 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/302 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain suggesting occasional informal meetings of the War Cabinet to give ministers a chance to discuss the general situation. [draft, for final version see CHAR 19/2A/43]. 21 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/303-307 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain on issues such as training of territorial troops by deployment to India; the need for more Air Squadrons and the exaggerated emphasis placed on Air Raid Precautions. [typed copy, with manuscript annotations by WSC]. 01 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2C/308 Letter from WSC to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain warning that present policies will cause trouble in Norway and asking about the burden of absolute responsibility for the Military Co-ordination Committee [manuscript draft; see CHAR 19/2C/301 for final version; CHAR 19/5/11 typescript draft] Original first paragraph: "Being anxious to sustain you to the best of my ability, I must warn you that you are approaching a head-on smash in Norway". 24 Apr 1940
CHAR 19/2C/309-310 Letter from WSC to General [Jan] Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] on naval defence of South Africa and the position of the Monitor HMS Erebus. [carbon]. [Apr 1940]
CHAR 19/2C/311-313 Letter from WSC to Sam [Sir Samuel Hoare, later 1st Lord Templewood, Lord Privy Seal] with suggestions for the reorganisation of the Home Front and rationing. [draft; see CHAR 19/2A/51-53 for final version]. 07 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/2C/314 Letter from WSC to Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air, anticipating a German air attack on aircraft factories [carbon]. 18 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/2C/315-319 Notes on the build up to war and German peace suggestions. [carbon, with manuscript annotations]. 08 Oct 1939