Speeches: House of Commons: speech notes and other material.

Reference code: CHAR 9/147A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/148A-B
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Date: 20 May 1941 - 25 Jun 1941

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Hansard copies of WSC's statements (20 May) on victory in Abyssinia [Ethiopia], action at Sollum [Egypt], and the German attack on Crete [Greece]. Also includes cuttings from the Daily Telegraph and the Times reporting WSC's statements. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6401-3.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (21 May) on the attack on Crete.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (22 May) on heavy fighting in the battle for Crete. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6403-4.

Hansard copy of WSC's statement (27 May) on the continuing battle for Crete and the sinking of the Bismarck. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6404-6.

Notes for WSC's speech (10 June) on the loss of HMS Hood, the sinking of the Bismarck, the battle of Crete, the battle of the Atlantic, allocation of forces to the Middle East, events and operations in Syria and Libya and parliamentary questions over the conduct of the war. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6408-23.

Also includes details of questions to WSC, including one from Sir Percy Harris.

Hansard copy of the debate on the German invasion of the Soviet Union (24 June), including Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden's [later 1st Lord Avon] statement and WSC's intervention on the status of Turkey.

Notes for WSC's speech (25 June) in a secret session debate on shipping, the battle of the Atlantic, merchant shipping losses, imports and the threat posed by U-boats. Speech notes include copies of an earlier directive by WSC (6 March). Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6431-44.

For further material for some of the above speeches see CHAR 9/178 and CHAR 9/179.

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