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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 4: PREM 3/170-198
(Subject files cover Finland, Fleet Air Arm, France, Germany - Air Force, Germany - Army, Germany - Fleet and Germany)

Part 4 is dominated by Churchill’s subject files on France and Germany.

  • There are also important papers on the Fleet Air Arm (including its role during Operation Overlord – the invasion of Normandy), on the Meetings of Foreign Secretaries in Moscow, and on Post-War Planning.
  • The material on France includes documents on operations prior to the French capitulation in 1940, the fate of the French fleet, relations with the French Committee of National Liberation, discussions with General Giraud and General Charles de Gaulle, the future of the French Colonies, reports on the Vichy Government, and documents on the Free French fighting forces and their participation in the liberation of Western Europe.
  • The material on Germany is extensive.  It includes papers on their Air Force, Army and Fleet, plans to undermine German morale, the occupation of Germany, the Allied Control Machinery, Reparations, U-boats, as well as documents on lots of different military campaigns, the impact of the blockade and offensive bombing operations.
Churchill with troops

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