Official: War and Air

Reference code: CHAR 16

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Date: 1918 - 1921

Scope/content:

The War and Air papers contain correspondence, minutes, printed material and other papers which were created or accumulated as a result of WSC's activities as Secretary of State for War and Air, positions he held concurrently from January 1919 to February 1921 (he continued as Secretary of State for Air while Secretary of State for the Colonies until April 1921). The papers have been divided into correspondence, WSC's outgoing minutes, and subject-based files and are arranged chronologically.

The War and Air material covers WSC's routine ministerial duties as Secretary of State as well as specific issues of the period including: the demobilisation of British troops following the end of World War I; the reorganisation of the Air Ministry; Britain's involvement in the Russian Civil War and the related conflict between Russia and Poland; the fear of the spread of Bolshevism; matters discussed at the Paris [France] Peace Conference; British military control in the middle east, particularly concerning Mesopotamia [later Iraq]; military activity in Ireland.

The material contains correspondence with WSC's ministerial colleagues and senior military figures of the day, such as General Sir Henry Wilson [Chief of Imperial General Staff]. It contains much addressed to WSC's deputy Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and there are several files devoted to information sent by Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris. There are also a number of files of intelligence reports, as well as several folios in assorted files, which remain closed and have been removed on Cabinet Office instructions.

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CHAR 16/1 Official: War and Air: Organisation of the Air Force: correspondence and papers. 13 Dec 1918 - 16 Sep 1919
CHAR 16/2 Official: War and Air: various papers. 1919
CHAR 16/3 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on demobilisation problems. 01 Jan 1919 - 31 Jan 1919
CHAR 16/4 Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on demobilisation and the reorganisation of the Air Ministry. 01 Feb 1919 - 28 Feb 1919
CHAR 16/5 Official: War and Air: correspondence. 22 Feb 1919 - 31 Mar 1919
CHAR 16/6 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 Apr 1919 - 30 Apr 1919
CHAR 16/7 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 May 1919 - 31 May 1919
CHAR 16/8 Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on the Russian campaign. 02 Jun 1919 - 30 Jun 1919
CHAR 16/9 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 Jul 1919 - 31 Jul 1919
CHAR 16/10 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 Aug 1919 - 31 Aug 1919
CHAR 16/11 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 24 Aug 1919 - 30 Sep 1919
CHAR 16/12 Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on the Russian campaign. 18 Sep 1919 - 31 Oct 1919
CHAR 16/13 Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on the Russian campaign. 01 Nov 1919 - 29 Nov 1919
CHAR 16/14 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 Dec 1919 - 31 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/15A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 15 Jan 1919 - 27 Mar 1919
CHAR 16/16A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Apr 1919 - 28 Jun 1919
CHAR 16/17A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 19 Jun 1919 - 31 Aug 1919
CHAR 16/18A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Sep 1919 - 31 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/19 Official: War and Air: War Cabinet papers. 12 Jan 1919 - 29 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/20 Official: War and Air: correspondence on Russian policy while WSC was at the Paris [France] Peace Conference. 15 Feb 1919 - 18 Feb 1919
CHAR 16/21 Official: War and Air: correspondence and papers on Russian policy and the Paris [France] Peace Conference (collected together for use in "The Aftermath" [published as Volume 4 of "The World Crisis"]). 15 Feb 1919 - 15 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/22 Official: War and Air: telegrams and letters on Russia. 14 Jan 1919 - 30 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/23 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia. 04 Feb 1919 - 30 Apr 1919
CHAR 16/24 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia. 05 May 1919 - 30 Aug 1919
CHAR 16/25 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia. 02 Sep 1919 - 22 Sep 1919
CHAR 16/26 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia. 07 Oct 1919 - 31 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/27 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russian economic affairs. 18 Jun 1919 - 30 Sep 1919
CHAR 16/28 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russian economic affairs. 03 Oct 1919 - 10 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/29 Official: War and Air: printed War Office General Staff papers on Russia. 12 Jan 1919 - 08 Oct 1919
CHAR 16/30 Official: War and Air: Russian photographs. Oct 1919 - Nov 1919
CHAR 16/31 Official: War and Air: Russian maps. 1919 - 1920
CHAR 16/32 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Poland. 18 Sep 1919 - 15 Sep 1920
CHAR 16/33 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Romania. 01 Apr 1919 - 04 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/34 Official: War and Air: telegrams and notes on the Middle East. 09 Sep 1919 - 22 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/35 Official: War and Air: correspondence from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC and War Office officials. 17 Jan 1919 - 28 Mar 1919
CHAR 16/36 Official: War and Air: correspondence from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC and War Office officials. 04 Apr 1919 - 31 May 1919
CHAR 16/37 Official: War and Air: correspondence from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC and War Office officials. 03 Jun 1919 - 31 Jul 1919
CHAR 16/38 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC and War Office officials. 05 Aug 1919 - 21 Nov 1919
CHAR 16/39 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], WSC and War Office officials. 12 Jul 1919 - Sep 1919
CHAR 16/40 Official: War and Air: correspondence from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 02 Sep 1919 - 31 Oct 1919
CHAR 16/41 Official: War and Air: correspondence from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 05 Nov 1919 - 29 Nov 1919
CHAR 16/42A-B Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 01 Dec 1919 - 31 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/43 Official: War and Air: correspondence for Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 08 Feb 1919 - 31 Dec 1919
CHAR 16/44 Official: War and Air: correspondence, minutes, notes, and other papers. 02 Feb 1920 - 30 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/45 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 01 Jan 1920 - 29 Feb 1920
CHAR 16/46 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 04 Mar 1920 - 30 Apr 1920
CHAR 16/47A-B Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 01 May 1920 - 29 Jun 1920
CHAR 16/48A-B Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 20 Oct 1919 - 31 Aug 1920
CHAR 16/49 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 02 Sep 1920 - 31 Oct 1920
CHAR 16/50 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 04 Nov 1920 - 30 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/51A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Jan 1920 - 29 Apr 1920
CHAR 16/52A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 May 1920 - 31 Aug 1920
CHAR 16/53A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Sep 1920 - 24 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/54 Official: War and Air: Cabinet papers. 06 Jan 1920 - 18 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/55 Official: War and Air: telegrams on the Russian Civil War. 08 Jan 1920 - 22 Nov 1920
CHAR 16/56 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia, mainly between WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 31 Dec 1919 - 23 Nov 1920
CHAR 16/57 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russian economic affairs for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 03 Jan 1920 - 19 Oct 1920
CHAR 16/58 Official: War and Air: printed War Office General Staff papers on Russia. 1920
CHAR 16/59 Official: War and Air: telegrams on Ireland. 30 Jun 1920 - 01 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/60 Official: War and Air: papers on the Hunter Commission and the disorder in India in 1919. 1920
CHAR 16/61 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports. 28 Mar-23 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/62 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports, including material from the K K Series. 13 Oct 1920-18 Feb 1921
CHAR 16/63 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 02 Jan 1920 - 31 Jan 1920
CHAR 16/64 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 01 Feb 1920 - 11 Feb 1920
CHAR 16/65 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], WSC and War Office officials. 12 Feb 1920 - 28 Feb 1920
CHAR 16/66 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC, Major-General Sir Percy Radcliffe [Director of Military Operations] and War Office officials. 01 Mar 1920 - 30 Apr 1920
CHAR 16/67 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], WSC, the Director of Military Operations [Major-General Sir Percy Radcliffe] and War Office officials. 05 May 1920 - 28 Jun 1920
CHAR 16/68A-B Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC, Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Kisch and War Office officials. 02 Jul 1920 - 30 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/69 Official: War and Air: WSC's copy of a statistical abstract of information regarding the armies at home and abroad, 1914-1920. Jun 1920
CHAR 16/70 Official: War and Air: correspondence for Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 18 Jan 1920 - 30 Dec 1920
CHAR 16/71 Official: War and Air: correspondence, minutes, notes, and other papers. 31 Dec 1920 - 31 Jan 1921
CHAR 16/72 Official: War and Air: correspondence. 30 Dec 1920 - 15 Nov 1921
CHAR 16/73 Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 03 Jan 1921 - 11 Feb 1921
CHAR 16/74 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports, including material from the K K Series and others. 27 Dec 1920-5 Jan 1921
CHAR 16/75 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Major Gerald Geiger [Head] of the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 03 Jan 1921 - 14 Jan 1921
CHAR 16/76 Official: War and Air: reports and correspondence from Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], mainly keeping WSC informed of affairs during his visit to France. 01 Jan 1921 - 11 Feb 1921
CHAR 16/77 Official: War and Air: correspondence for Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 05 Jan 1921 - 16 Jul 1921
CHAR 16/78 Official: War and Air: miscellanea. c 1921
CHAR 16/79 Official: Air Ministry: correspondence and papers. 15 Feb 1921 - 09 Jul 1921