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Autographs & Memorabilia

  Lot 1226

Churchill (Winston, Sir)

Churchill (Winston, Sir)

Fragment of the close of a typed letter signed ('Winston S. Churchill'), on '10 Downing Street' headed paper, with blue ink additions in Churchill's hand, reading "..been parried it will be indispensable to try to build up a new and stronger Expeditionary Force. For this I must have all the regular British cadres. I hope I may be given some help in this, and be allowed to ...the war situation as a whole", affixed onto notepaper with handwritten caption underneath reading "This is the end of a letter, subsequently recopied, written after the evacuation of Dunkirk. I do not remember to whom it was written, possibly to Eden, the S.of S. for War"; on the reverse is a partial draft of another letter, written in pencil, reading "British War Cabinet has formed the strongest view that the best, indeed the only possible course, is for the B.E.F. to assume the offensive and march upon Amiens. C.I.G.S. has left. B.E.F. to coordinate plans with General Billotte and General", with handwritten caption on the side reading "Order to the B.E.F. to march southwest and join up with the French, thus closing the gap made by the German penetration at Amiens. This was written by Mr Eden in my room, with the help of Sir John Dill from memory, because the minimal draft had been mislaid. It was afterwards found and this draft left unfinished (C.I.G.S. was Ironside)", some foxing to notepaper, 178 x 230 mm approx.

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