Progress of demobilisation, December 1918

Extract from a speech by the war secretary Lord Milner on demobilisation, December 1918.

This speech was one of Milner's last acts as war secretary, before Winston Churchill replaced him in the Cabinet reshuffle that followed the electoral victory of the Lloyd George coalition on 14 December 1918. He describes the hitherto rapid progress of demobilisation in the weeks since the armistice and urges patience on the servicemen still waiting to come home. Milner also defends Lord Derby's controversial demobilisation scheme, whose 'guiding principle was to demobilise in the way most likely to lead to the steady resumption of industry'. Churchill scrapped it barely a month later.
Catalogue reference: 30/30/8 (undated)

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