Official: War Cabinet

Reference code: CHAR 23

Part of: CHAR
Next record: CHAR 24
Previous record: CHAR 22

Date: 1939 - 1945

Scope/content:

The War Cabinet papers contain mainly printed material, and some notes and correspondence, arising from WSC's positions, as First Lord of the Admiralty, from 3 September 1939 to 9 May 1940, and then as Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, from 10 May 1940 to 23 May 1945. Up to May 1940, the papers relate to the general conduct of the war, outside the departmental responsibility of the Admiralty. After that date, general papers are to be found in CHAR 20 (Official: Prime Minister), and CHAR 23 is almost wholly taken up by printed material, chiefly Prime Minister's Directives, and records of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, arranged chronologically.

Subjects include: the general conduct of the war; defence; army, navy and air operations; relations with the United States and Soviet Union; food production; the war in the Far East; records of the conferences at Quebec, [Canada], Washington [United States], Malta and Yalta [Soviet Union]; the occupation of Germany; the future of Yugoslavia; the future of Poland; the establishment of the United Nations; post-war civil aviation; post-war reconstruction; the Emergency Business Committee, set up for the General Election.

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Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 23/1 Official: War Cabinet: correspondence. 12 Sep 1939 - 14 Oct 1939
CHAR 23/2 Official: War Cabinet: Supreme War Council. 12 Sep 1939 - 13 Jun 1940
CHAR 23/3 Official: War Cabinet: notes and correspondence. 20 Jan 1940 - [May] [1940]
CHAR 23/4 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 27 Jun 1940 - 30 Dec 1940
CHAR 23/5 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 30 May 1940 - 01 Aug 1940
CHAR 23/6 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 01 Aug 1940 - 03 Oct 1940
CHAR 23/7 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 03 Oct 1940 - 14 Nov 1940
CHAR 23/8 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 14 Nov 1940 - 26 Dec 1940
CHAR 23/9 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 06 Mar 1941 - 12 Dec 1941
CHAR 23/10 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 18 Dec 1941 - 30 Dec 1942
CHAR 23/11 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 24 Nov 1942 - 28 Dec 1943
CHAR 23/12 Official: War Cabinet: "Quadrant" - record of meetings and proceedings. 14 Aug 1943 - 11 Sep 1943
CHAR 23/13 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 28 Nov 1943 - 30 Dec 1944
CHAR 23/14 Official: War Cabinet: Prime Minister's Directives. 29 Dec 1944 - 17 Jul 1945
CHAR 23/15 Official: War Cabinet: "Argonaut" - record of proceedings. 29 Jan 1945 - 12 Mar 1945
CHAR 23/16 Official: War Cabinet: Emergency Business Committee. 27 May 1945 - 09 Jul 1945