Ref NoDL1616
Alt Ref NoDL1616
Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionOne position that isn't going to be evacuated
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date08 May 1940
Size32.5 x 46cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptCabinet table
8 years of dithering
Person DepictedBaldwin; Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947); Earl
Chamberlain; Neville (Arthur Neville) (1869-1940)
Hoare; Samuel John Gurney (1880-1959); Sir
Simon; John Allsebrook (1873-1954); 1st Viscount
NotesMr. Chamberlain's Account of Operations in Norway. - Withdrawal of British Troops from Region south of Trondheim .. An account of the military operations in Norway was given by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons on May 2, in the course of which Mr Chamberlain informed the House that British troops in South Norway had been withdrawn from Aandalsnes without the loss of a single man. He emphasised that his speech was an interim statement prior to a full debate which would be held in the following week. ... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.4030]

Parliament debates Conduct of the War in Norway. - Mr. Chamberlain's Defence. - Criticism of the Government. - Government Majority after Division. The two-day debate on the conduct of the war in Norway was opened in the House of Commons on May 7 by Mr Chamberlain who began by recalling that when he spoke on May 2 he could give only an incomplete account of operations in Southern Norway because we still had to withdraw troops from Namsos. ... Sir Samuel Hoare, Secretary for Air, dealing with the part taken by the R.A.F. emphasised that the Germans were in control of all the strategic aerodromes of Central and Southern Norway...German air power was not invincible: it was only so if there was not sufficient counter air power against it. The eight months of the war had shown the superiority of the British fighter over the German bomber, and all that the Norwegian operation showed was that strong air power must be met by stronger. The quality of our Air Force was unsurpassed, but its quantity was not nearly big enough. ... Mr Lloyd George: "Mr Chamberlain made the observation but he undoubtedly appealed on a question which is a great national, Imperial and world issue, and said, 'I have got my friends'. It is not a queston of who are the Prime Minister's friends. It is a far bigger issue. The Prime Minister must remember he has met this formidable foe of ours in peace and war, and has always been worsted. He has appealed for sacrifice. The nation is prepared for it so long as it has leadership. I say now, solemnly, that the Prime Minster can give an example of sacrifice, because there is nothing that would contribute more to victory in this war than that he should sacrifice the Seals of Office". Sir Stafford Cripps said that during his visit to the United States he found that Americans took the view that the efforts of this country had been ill-organised and permeated by a spirit of indecision and lack of boldness that would seem to rise out of the failure to appreciate the extreme seriousness of the war situation. Of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchecquer they were scathing in their criticism.... [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.4038]
SubjectsSocial attitudes
Armed forces
government policy
World War 1939-1945
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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GB/BCA/4Baldwin; Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947); Earl1867-1947   
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GB/BCA/395Hoare; Samuel John Gurney (1880-1959); Sir1880-1959   
GB/BCA/260Simon; John Allsebrook (1873-1954); 1st Viscount1873-1954   
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