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CHAR 2/244/1

Letter from WSC to [J H Dickinson], acknowledging receipt of letter on air defence. Stating that he had forwarded the letter to the Air Minister.

1 folio
01 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/2

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC, to J Truro and Commander F M Simon, acknowledging receipt of letters on air defence. Stating that they had been forwarded to the Air Minister [carbon].

1 folio
02 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/3

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, forwarding letter and enclosure from the New Commonwealth. asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
04 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/4

Letter from J H Dickinson, (42 Ennismore Gardens, London SW7) to WSC, thanks for letter of 1 July.

1 folio
05 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/5

Letter from WSC to Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, on his willingness to serve on the Air Defence Research Committee. Stating that he must remain free to debate all the general issues of air strength, policy and programmes [typescript copy].

1 folio
06 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/6

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Walter Bourne, (Sable Street, London N1), acknowledging receipt of letter on air defence, which had been forwarded to the Air Ministry [carbon].

1 folio
06 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/7

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to the Private Secretary to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [later Lord Swinton], Secretary of State for Air, forwarding letter from Walter Bourne on air defence [carbon].

1 folio
06 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/8

Letter from F H Sandford, Private Secretary to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [later Lord Swinton], Secretary of State for Air, to the Private Secretary to WSC, on letters received by WSC on air defence. Stating that she should be careful not to promise replies from the Air Ministry to such letters, as some might be the concern of another department.

1 folio
08 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/9-11

Letter from Desmond Morton, Early Lands, Crookham Hill, Kent, to WSC, commenting on article in "L'Illustration" on air strength, particularly the confusion due to the lack of a universally accepted yard stick by which air strengths could be measured, and the difficulty of measuring German first line air strength.

3 folios
08 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/12-14

Letter from Walton Newbold, (Lilyville road, Fulham, London SW6) to WSC, on his evidence to the Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture and Trading in Arms, particularly his proposal to reorganise and re-equip the State arms factories, and to move all heavy armament production to the West Coast.

3 folios
12 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/15

Letter from WSC to Walton Newbold, (Lilyville road, Fulham, London SW6), thanks for letter on arms production. Agreeing that new arms factories and arsenals should be built as far from the Continent as possible, but than Britain would have to use the existing facilities for "a long time yet".

1 folio
23 Jul 1935
CHAR 2/244/16-17

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to J S Pitts (Edinburgh Street, Hull), returning papers on his claim against the Admiralty [carbon].

2 folios
12 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/244/18

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Desmond Morton, forwarding memorandum on defence, asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
21 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/244/19-22

Letter from Major Desmond Morton, (Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1) to WSC, commenting on his draft memorandum to Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister [later Lord Swinton], Secretary of State for Air [there is a copy of the memorandum in CHAR 25/4].

4 folios
23 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/244/23-24

Letter from WSC to Sir Samuel Hoare [later Lord Templewood], Foreign Office, thanks for letter of 27 Aug on Imperial Defences, [CHAR 2/236]. Commenting on fleet dispositions in the Mediterranean, and stating that it would be quite wrong for isolated capital ships to be near Italian waters "I do hope the Admiralty will not despise the Italians and believe they will never dare to put to and face us. Mussolini's Italy may be quite different to that of the Great War". Also commenting on possible League of Nations trade sanctions about Italy, asking it Germany would be bound by them, and if not whether this would bring about an alliance between Germany and Italy, precipitating "what we most of all want to avoid". [Typescript, annotated "Hold back"].

2 folios
29 Aug 1935
CHAR 2/244/25

Letter from Hugh Orr-Ewing, India Defence League to WSC, sending book "The Restoration of England's Sea Power" by Captain Bernard Acworth.

1 folio
18 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/26-27

Resolution for Conservative and Unionist Party Essex and Middlesex Provincial Area Women's Conference, urging the Government to recognise the need to strengthen National Defences, particularly to bring the Royal Air Force up to full parity with any European power and to rebuild the Royal Navy to modern requirements.

2 folios
18 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/28

Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Ernle Chatfield, First Sea Lord on anti-submarine methods, particularly Nichol Prisms, advocated by Prof F A Lindemann [later Lord Cherwell]. These prisms would enable air observers to see through water by cutting out glare - stating that they had been abandoned after the Great War as the waters of the North Sea and Atlantic were greenish and opaque. Asking if they might be more useful in the clear waters of the Mediterranean [carbon].

1 folio
21 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/29-30

Letter from Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, (Tingewick House, Buckingham) to WSC, suggesting meeting to discuss defence matters.

2 folios
22 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/31-32

Letter from WSC to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes, (Tingewick House, Buckingham), suggesting that he came to Chartwell for lunch to discuss defence matters. Commenting on meeting with Admiral of the Fleet Sir Ernle Chatfield, First Sea Lord, stating that he felt that the Navy was "quite capable of looking after itself", but that he was worried that "at this time of crisis" seven of Britain's capital ships were on the "sick list" [carbon].

2 folios
24 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/33

Letter from Lord Winterton (Shillinglee Park, Chiddingfold) to WSC, reporting conversations with Sir Robert Horne and Leo Amery on defence. Stating that Amery had most disquieting news that the "havering and incapacity" at the Air Ministry was just as bad as under the former Minister [Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister had replaced Lord Londonderry in June]. Suggesting a deputation to the Prime Minister [Stanley Baldwin] asking him to investigate the rumours about the state of the Ministry.

1 folio
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/34-36

Letter from WSC to Lord Winterton (Shillinglee Park, Chiddingfold), stating that he had been invited to serve on the Air Defence Research Sub-Committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence, but that he remained free to criticise air policy and air strength. Agreeing that the condition of the Air Ministry was unsatisfactory, and Britain was falling further and further behind Germany. Suggesting a meeting to discuss a deputation to the Prime Minister.

3 folios
26 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/37-39

Letter from Desmond Morton, (Earlylands, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent) to WSC, on relative air strength of Britain and Germany, stating that the number of military aircraft in the possession of the German Air Ministry and available for home defence in Britain were about the same, but that all of the German aircraft were new.

3 folios
30 Sep 1935
CHAR 2/244/40-41

Letter from Freddie [Guest] (19 Berkeley Street, London W1) to WSC, on the need for the Air League to launch a propaganda campaign.

2 folios
14 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/42-43

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Freddie Guest (19 Berkeley Street, London W1) , returning "air notes" lent to WSC [carbon].

2 folios
19 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/44

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Thomas Thompson, thanks for letter and press cutting on defence [carbon].

1 folio
21 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/45-48

Letter from Thomas Thompson, West Hill, Sydenham, to WSC, on defence, enclosing cutting from the Kentish Mercury, 30 Oct 1925, on his scheme for hunting submarines.

4 folios
16 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/49

Letter from WSC to Sir Henry Strakosch, thanks for "weighty, lucid paper" [carbon].

1 folio
02 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/50-52

Letter from Desmond Morton (Committee of Imperial Defence) to WSC, commenting on paper by Sir Henry Strakosch on German rearmament.

3 folios
04 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/53-59

Letter from Sir Henry Strakosch, Princes House, Gresham Street, London EC2) to WSC, enclosing paper on German Rearmament, stating that he had no objection to the paper being sent to the Chatham House Information Department, but wished to remain anonymous. Asking WSC to say that it was "carefully compiled by a person in whom he had confidence".

7 folios
01 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/60-65

Letter from Desmond Morton (21 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1) to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, enclosing letter from Dr N Kunnert of Breslau, Germany, suggesting that WSC misunderstood the situation in Germany. Arguing that a strong Germany would make for the peace of Europe, and that Britain and Germany should be allied to maintain world peace, Stating that WSC and Britain did not understand the grave menace to Germany from Jews and Communists.

6 folios
04 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/66

Letter from D W Babington, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War, to the Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter from J T Chalk from Imperial College London, Stating that as the letter was about a new type of warship he had forwarded it to the Admiralty.

1 folio
05 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/67-68

Letter from Desmond Morton, Committee of Imperial Defence to WSC, commenting on Sir Henry Strakosch's memorandum on German rearmament.

2 folios
07 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/69

Letter from Desmond Morton, Earlylands, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, thanks for sending cutting from the "Gazette de Lausanne" on a man claiming to have an invention relating to anti-aircraft defence.

1 folio
14 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/70

Letter from R R Powell, Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty, to the Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter from J T Chalk on warship design.

1 folio
16 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/71

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to J T Chalk, sugesting that he send details of his ideas on warship design to the Admiralty [carbon].

1 folio
18 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/72

Letter from Wing Commander P Warburton, Committee of Imperial Defence to the Private Secretary to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter from G A Usher of Toronto, Canada. Stating that Usher's letter had no value, and he was therefore returning it as requested.

1 folio
21 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/73-74

Letter from G A Usher, Toronto, Canada, to WSC, sending series of ideas for aerial defence.

2 folios
28 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/75-85

Letter from Albert Goodger, Sanderstead, Surrey to WSC, sending schemes for protecting London from fire and food shoortage due to air raids. Particularly for a Barrage at Woolwich and for the establishment of a food centre at St Katharine's Dock, adjacent to the Tower of London.

11 folios
21 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/86

Letter from Wing-Commander P Warburton, Committee of Imperial Defence, to the Private Secretary to WSC, on letter from Samuel Haynes, of Englewood, New Jersey, USA, on the design of improved searchlights.

1 folio
22 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/87-92

Letter from Samuel Haines, Haines &Co., Englewood, New Jersey, USA to WSC, on design of improved searchlights to assist air defence.

5 folios
18 Oct 1935
CHAR 2/244/93-94

Letter from John Chalk, (City &Guilds Engineering College, Imperial College London) to Violet Pearman, Private Secretary to WSC, on his proposal for submarine mother ships.

2 folios
23 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/95-96

Letter from Albert Goodger, Sanderstead, Surrey to WSC, on his Woolwich Barrage scheme, with press cutting on fire at rubber factory at Barking, Essex.

2 folios
28 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/97-99

Letter from Lord Rothermere, Stratton House, Piccadilly, London to WSC, on the impossibility of anti-aircraft defence of warships, concluding that warships could carry no more that one hour's ammunition, and that "warships are doomed except for mid-ocean purposes", enclosing cutting from the "Daily Telegraph" on high altitude bombing.

3 folios
28 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/100

Pamphlet "Volkerbund" the Journal of the German Association for League of Nations Questions No.144 on French Military Aviation.

1 Pamphlet, pp.1-12
29 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/101

Letter from J H Dickionson, Ennismore Gardens, London SW7 to WSC, congatulations on election victory. Regretting that he had not been made a member of the Government. Also on his plan for gas defence of pribvate houses.

1 folio
30 Nov 1935
CHAR 2/244/102-105

Letter from Major-General Harry Pritchard, Ospringe, Faversham, Kent, to WSC, on the question of aerial defence.

4 folios
02 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/106

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to J H Dickinson, regretting that WSC could not meet him to discuss air defence [carbon].

1 folio
04 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/107-109

Letter from Desmond Morton to WSC, on defence of warships against air attack.

3 folios
04 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/110

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to John Chalk, suggesting that he should contact the Admiralty about his ideas for warship design [carbon].

1 folio
04 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/111

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Major-General Harry Pritchard, thanks for letter on air defence [carbon].

1 folio
05 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/112

Letter from John Chalk, City &Guilds (Engineering) College, to WSC, thanks for taking an interest in his ideas on warship design. Confirming that he would contact the Admiralty directly.

1 folio
05 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/113

Letter from Nigel Tangye, (17 Half Moon Street, London W1) to WSC, on his appointment as Air Correspondent of the Evening News, and asking for an interview.

1 folio
06 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/114

Letter from the Private Secretary to WSC to Nigel Tangye, (17 Half Moon Street, London W1), regretting that WSC was unable to give him an interview [carbon].

1 folio
07 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/115

Letter from Nigel Tangye (17 Half Moon Street, London W1) to the Private Secretary to WSC, stating that he entirely agreed with WSC's views on German air strength, and asking if he would be willing to give an interview to the Evening News.

1 folio
09 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/116-128

Notes by WSC on British and German air strength [2 carbon copies].

13 folios
09 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/129

Letter from Sir Maurice Hankey (Highstead, Pain's Hill, Limpsfield) to WSC, acknowledging recript of memorandum on British and German air strength.

1 folio
10 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/130-131

Letter from Vice-Admiral Reginald Henderson, Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, to WSC, on defence of warships against air attack.

2 folios
16 Dec 1935
CHAR 2/244/132

Letter from Sir Hugh Tudor, Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London SW1 to WSC, regretting that WSC had not been appointed Minister of Defence. Hoping that Anthony Eden was not planning to start a war with Italy "if we are as unready as we have been told".

1 folio
17 Dec 1935