Title:The London Observer: the Journal of General Raymond E. Lee, 1940-1941
It is difficult to over-emphasize the importance of General Raymond Lee's journal. He took up his appointment at the American Embassy as military attach_ in June 1940 as France fell. He returned to the U.S.A. at the very moment that America entered the war. His diary, therefore, covers a vital period in Anglo-Americans relations, in which he played an important role. Deeply and consistently Anglophile, Lee was highly critical of Ambassador Joseph Kennedy's pessimism and from the beginning he had confidence in Britain's ability to survive. He had access to all the seats of power _ to Downing Street, the service ministries, the chiefs of staff. As a result, his diary includes first-hand impressions of all the leading personalities at the centre of the stage during those critical months _ Churchill, Beaverbrook, Eden, Ismay, Dill, Alan Brooke, and many others. He acted as a high level liaison officer for the various vital contacts and meetings which were secretly established between the British and the U.S.A. before the latter entered the war. At the same time, both in the diary and in the letters to his wife (many of which are included here), Lee put down as it happened everything he saw and heard during the Blitz in London. An unparalleled perspective on the War.
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