Literary: correspondence with consultants and others on WSC's war memoirs ("The Second World War", mainly volumes 1 to 4), C-I.

Reference code: CHUR 4/19A-B

Part of: CHUR 4
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Date: Jun 1946 - Dec 1950

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Correspondents include: 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann] on the atomic bomb; R V Jones; Sir Laurence Collier [British Ambassador to Norway]; William Deakin (12); Ian Colvin (4) including (2) on his book on [General Paul] von Kleist; Robert Sherwood; Sir Alfred Duff Cooper [later 1st Lord Norwich] (2); Sir Stafford Cripps sending on extracts from his diary for summer 1939; [George Gordon] Allen (2); Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall (3) including (2) on sending draft chapters to Daniel Davin; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet until 1946] (3); Ronald Fraser, Cabinet Office; Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet from 1947] (3); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (5); Oliver Stanley; Walter Fletcher; General Sir Bernard Freyberg; Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] (4); Major-General Sir Leslie Hollis [Deputy Secretary (Military) of the Cabinet]; General 1st Lord Ismay (21); Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to Prime Minister Clement Attlee]; John Gandee, Private Secretary, India Office (3). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: [literary assistants] Denis Kelly and Charles Wood; secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Anne Hipwell, and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Alexander Cadogan, Daniel Longwell [editor of Life Magazine], and John Colville.

Other subjects include: matters covered in the memoirs including individuals such as Neville Chamberlain, General Charles de Gaulle, Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Mark Clark, and the D-Day invasion, the Norwegian campaign, relations with the New Zealand government, the Italian Empire, operation "Shrapnel" [codename for proposed operation to seize the Cape Verde Islands, Atlantic Ocean], the war in Greece particularly the battle for Crete, the war in the Far East particularly the fall of Singapore and Japanese torpedo bombers, German-Soviet relations, the role of King Leopold of Belgium, "Husky" [codename for Allied landings in Sicily], Eden's resignation in 1938, the fall of France, and the campaign in north Africa; comments on the memoirs; post-war French views on Germany; matters concerning the production of the memoirs, including comments on proofs, the index to volume 2 ("Their Finest Hour"), photographing WSC, and sending the proofs to Ismay; obtaining a car for Deakin; the government publication of various wartime despatches; the Swiss translation of the memoirs; the exchange of letters between King George VI and WSC at the time of D-Day.

Also includes: galley proofs of volume 3 ("The Grand Alliance"), chapter 3, "Blitz and anti-Blitz" with annotations by Jones; lists of people to be sent complimentary copies of volumes; text of BBC review of volume 2 by Duff Cooper; synopsis of TV instalments of [Eisenhower's] "Crusade in Europe"; cuttings; bibliographical information from Deakin; copy of "The Defense of Wake" by Lieutenant-Colonel Heinl; annotated proofs and corrections from Ismay; copy of 1944 letter from Admiral [Sir] Bertram Ramsay (Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force) and 1941 minute from Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet].

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CHUR 4/19/206-218 Letter from General Sir Bernard Freyberg [former Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in Crete] (Auckland [New Zealand]) to WSC, on his draft account of the Battle of Crete in Volume 3 of his war memoirs, “The Second World War”. Freyberg comments on what an extraordinary story the battle was, remarking that those who were actually there would know more of the truth than those not in Crete, while knowing little about the bigger picture, and therefore he asks WSC to read his detailed account of the campaign. 25 Mar 1949