Speeches: House of Commons: Speech notes and source material.

Reference code: CHAR 9/173A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/174A-C
Previous record: CHAR 9/172

Date: 25 Jun 1940 - 21 Nov 1941

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (25 June) entitled "The fall of France" on the capitulation of France, the surrender of the French fleet to Germany and his visit to see [Paul] Reynaud [Prime Minister of France]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6239-41.

Statement by WSC (4 July) on the British destruction of the French fleet at Oran [Algeria]. Source material includes notes on the co-ordination of intelligence, the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Forces [General Sir Alan Brooke, later 1st Lord Alanbrooke] and a diary of events. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6241-7.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (20 August) entitled "The Few" reviewing the war situation including casualty figures, food, civil defence, arms from the United States and Hitler's threat of invading Britain and paying tribute to the role of the RAF in the Battle of Britain "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". Source notes include notes on: Allied governments and forces in the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, the food blockade, bombing, economic policy and correspondence and notes from Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC], John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC], Colonel [Josiah] Wedgwood on misquotation of WSC, and Brigadier-General Sir James Edmonds Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6260-68.

For further material for the above speeches see CHAR 9/140 and CHAR 9/141.

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