Churchill with the Canadian Prime Minister McKenzie-Smith at the Quebec Conference in Sept 1944.
A humble secretary's remarkable first hand archive of some of the most momentous events of WW2 has come to light.
'Miss Brenda Hart' worked in the Cabinet Office during the last two years of the war, travelling across the globe with the Allied leaders as the conflict drew to a close.
Her unique collection of photographs and momentoes of Churchill, Stalin and other prominent Second World War figures have been unearthed after more than 70 years.
The scrapbooks, which also feature Lord Mountbatten and Vyacheslav Molotov, were collated by Brenda Hart who, in her role as secretary to Churchill's chief of staff General Hastings Ismay, enjoyed incredible access to him and other world leaders.
She also wrote a series of letters which give fascinating insights, including watching Churchill and Stalin shaking hands at the Bolshoi ballet in 1944, being behind Churchill as he walked out on to the balcony at the Ministry of Health to to wave to some 50,000 Londoners on VE day and even visiting Hitler's bombed out Reich Chancellery at the end of the war.
This unique first hand account, captured in a collection of photos, passes, documents and letters are being sold at C&T auctioneers on15th March with a £1200 estimate. « less