Official: Prime Minister: Private Office: Correspondence S.

Reference code: CHAR 20/60

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/61
Previous record: CHAR 20/59

Date: Jan 1942 - Dec 1942


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Physical: 1 bound file (130 folios)
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CHAR 20/60/1-27 Letter from Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC] to Bernard Sendall [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken] enclosing drafts of a memorandum on the role of Minister of Defence and the directing of the war by WSC, for use by Bracken, annotated; also includes notes on Chiefs of Staff meetings and also notes on Defence Administration by 4th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne], with covering letter, note by John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and reply. 16 Feb 1942 - 25 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/60/28-30 Letter from Leslie Rowan [Private Secretary to WSC] to Clifford Jarrett [Principal Private Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty] requesting that 2nd Sea Lord [Vice- Admiral Sir William Whitworth] be reproached for referring to "yellow monkeys"; includes reminder to WSC by Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC]. 09 Mar 1942 - 15 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/60/31-33 Letter from WSC to 3rd Lord Selborne [Minister of Economic Warfare, earlier Lord Wolmer] chastising him for comments on independent Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, against the Party line and his view that Britain ought to have been historically allied with Germany to keep the balance of power in Europe. 07 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/60/34-36 Telegram from General Wladyslaw Sikorski [Prime Minister, Polish Government and Commander-in-Chief, Polish Army] to WSC sending regards from Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, and desiring further discussions on his return to London. 06 Apr 1942
CHAR 20/60/37-52 Letter from General Dusan Simovitch [Dusan Simovic, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia] to WSC offering his military services, with acknowledgement by Francis Brown [Private Secretary to WSC]; also includes correspondence between Brown, Lieutenant-Commander M Knott [Private Secretary to the Deputy Secretary of the War Cabinet], Guy Millard, Foreign Office and WSC, a note from Lieutenant-General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to WSC] to Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] advising against using Simovitch, a letter from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to John Winant [United States Ambassador to Britain] offering the general's services, with refusal and a reply from WSC rejecting Simovitch's offer. 09 Jul 1942 - 25 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/60/53-54 Statement by WSC proposing congratulations on behalf of Parliament to Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso], Air Marshal Arthur Harris [Commander-in-Chief, Bomber Command] and the Chief of Air Staff [Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal] for operations in Libya and the bombing of Germany; with letter of thanks from Sinclair to WSC. 02 Jun 1942
CHAR 20/60/55-56 Letter from Sir Archibald Sinclair [Secretary of State for Air, later 1st Lord Thurso] to WSC congratulating him on his recent public appearance, and commenting on an unfavourable article in the Observer. 06 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/60/57-62 Memorandum from Ellis Smith [President, Lancashire and Cheshire Trades Councils] on the importance for morale in educational talks held in factories and civil defence organisations; includes notes between Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], Leslie Rowan and Edith Watson [Private Secretaries to WSC] envelope and filing note. 17 Jul 1942 - 22 Jul 1942
CHAR 20/60/63-65 Memorandum from Sir Waldron Smithers on the part played by Pierre Laval [Prime Minister of France] in making peace between France and Germany; with covering letter from Henry Strutt [Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary] to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], annotated by Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC]. 23 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/60/66-85 Letter from Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] to WSC on the start of the Airgraph service between South Africa and the United Kingdom [includes airgraph original and transcript], with drafts of WSC's reply; also includes correspondence between John Peck, Francis Brown and Anthony Bevir [Assistant Private Secretary and Private Secretaries to WSC], WSC, Joseph Garner [Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Dominions Affairs], Alan Hodge [Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Information] and John Colville [former Private Secretary to WSC] on arrangements for publication and WSC's reply to Smuts. 01 May 1942 - 09 Sep 1942
CHAR 20/60/86-87 Letter from Commander Sir Archibald Southby to Brigadier George Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] regretting that he did not have the chance to offer hospitality to WSC despite their differences. 30 Mar 1942
CHAR 20/60/88 Letter from Major-General Sir Edward Spears [First Minister to Republics of Syria and the Lebanon] to WSC thanking him for the photographs of himself which have had a positive effect on morale, and on the regard WSC is held in compared with Franklin Roosevelt [President of the United States] and Stalin. 25 May 1942
CHAR 20/60/89-92 Letter from Major Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC on request from 1st Lord Swinton [Chairman, British Commercial Corporation, earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame] that Richard Stokes, Ransomes and Rapier Limited, be refused permission to make a trade mission to Turkey as he advocates negotiating peace; also includes notes from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC] to Morton and Guy Millard, Foreign Office. 23 Jan 1942 - 25 Jan 1942
CHAR 20/60/93 Letter from James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] to WSC, passing on congratulations from MPs and ministers on his recent broadcast [10 May] and parliamentary opposition to the Beveridge plan [? of social insurance]. 12 May 1942
CHAR 20/60/94-123 Letters from John Stourton to WSC on the risks of opening a Second Front in the West for political motives, abuses of privilege, particularly petrol consumption, by Canadian and United States soldiers serving in Britain, and the advantages of equalising their pay with British levels, with replies from WSC on subjects including the impossibility of dictating to the United States; also includes copies of letters between Brigadier John Macqueen [Deputy Quartermaster-General, Canadian Military Headquarters, London] and Major-General Richard Snowden-Smith, Director of Supplies and Transport, War Office, on the conveyance of civilians in military vehicles and an extract from a Canadian routine order on recreational use of such vehicles, and covering notes by John Martin, Leslie Rowan and Edith Watson [Private Secretaries to WSC] to WSC and Sydney Redman [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for War], comments by Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War and a copy of Hansard with a statement by Sir Stafford Cripps, Lord Privy Seal on British and American pay. [See also CHAR 20/54B/188-9 ]. 22 Sep 1942 - 18 Dec 1942
CHAR 20/60/124-125 Filing note and note from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to WSC enclosing a speech by 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame]. [See CHAR 20/60/130 for speech, on naval and RAF co-operation]. 15 Apr 1942 - 23 May 1942
CHAR 20/60/126-128 Letter from Major-General Sir Ernest Swinton [former Colonel Commandant, Royal Tank Corps] to WSC on the campaign in Libya, proposing Major-General Percy Hobart to lead the mechanized forces of the 8th Army; with reply, annotated to express WSC's own belief in Hobart, but the violent opposition of many others to him, and covering note from Lieutenant- Commander M H Knott [Private Secretary to Deputy Secretary of the War Cabinet] on returning Swinton's letter. 12 Feb 1942 - 18 Feb 1942
CHAR 20/60/129 Minute from Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] to WSC seeking permission for Major-General Sir Frederick Sykes, Chief of Air Staff, 1918-1919, to publish documents on First World War air strategy in his memoirs. 22 May 1942 - 24 May 1942
CHAR 20/60/130 Copy of House of Lords Parliamentary report, including a speech by 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Cunliffe-Lister and Philip Lloyd-Greame] on naval and RAF co-operation [See CHAR 20/60/124-5 for covering notes]. Apr 1942