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CABINET PAPERS
Complete classes from the CAB & PREM series in the Public Record Office
Series One: PREM 3 - Papers concerning Defence & Operational Subjects, 1940-1945, Winston Churchill, Minister of Defence, Secretariat Papers

Part 2: PREM 3/52-111
(Subject files covering Army, Artillery, Atlantic - Battle of, Australasian Forces, Balkans, Blockade, Bombs, Bombsight, Bracelet, Bulgaria, Camouflage, Canadian Forces, Catapult Ships, Chemical Warfare, China, Civil Defence, Coastal Command, Commandos, Convoys, Crete and Crossbow)

Part 2 continues the alphabetical sequence of Churchill’s wartime subject files starting with all his files on the Army and continuing through to those on Operation Crossbow (the campaign to eliminate German V1 and V2 rocket sites).

  • There is much detail on the fighting in Burma and in the Far East with contributions from Mountbatten, MacArthur, Auchinleck and Leigh-Mallory.
  • Papers on the Battle of the Atlantic cover the introduction of the convoy system, the threat from German U-boats, anti-submarine countermeasures and reports from all relevant departments.
  • There are many files on the involvement of Australian and New Zealand forces in all theatres of operation, from the relief of Tobruk in July-November 1941, Australian forces in Burma (from February 1942 onwards), the campaigns in North Africa and Greece, the Middle East, to operations all over the Pacific and Far East.

Other important files cover the Balkans, Bracelet (the records of the Cairo and Moscow Conferences, August-December 1942), the Blockade of the Axis Powers, Camouflage, Canadian Forces, China, Civil Defence, Coastal Command, the Commandos, the use of Convoys and the Battle for Crete.

Churchill with troops

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