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Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942?
« on: October 10, 2012, 02:23:45 pm »
Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942? That is the question posed in the latest addition to this site's collection of history features

Below is the introduction to a piece by Michael Willis on Soviet minister Molotov's visit to Brookmans Park.

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At between 8am and 9am on Thursday 21st May 1942, a sleeping car train hauled by LNER Class A4 locomotive Golden Fleece arrives at a rainy Brookmans Park station. On the platform waiting for his guest, the Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov, was the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. They shook hands, walked up to a waiting car, got in and drove off up Station Road. But where did they go next? And did they stay the night in Brookmans Park?

http://www.brookmans.com/history/molotov/molotov.shtml

Perhaps someone on Twitter will know. 

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Re: Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 05:22:41 pm »
Molotov was in London to sign the Anglo-Russian Alliance in May 1942.  From Brookmans Park Station the diplomatic party was taken to a secret location for the signing.

There is some information on the Imperial War Museum website at
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205195663 and
http://www.cabinetwarrooms.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060021057

If you'd like to contact the Museum to see if they have any further information, email enquiries can be sent to mail@iwm.org.uk
 

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Re: Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 06:16:15 pm »
Molotov was in London to sign the Anglo-Russian Alliance in May 1942.  From Brookmans Park Station the diplomatic party was taken to a secret location for the signing.

There is some information on the Imperial War Museum website at
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205195663 .

Thanks for that. Mike, the author, knew why Molotov was here but I have added that excellent link to his piece. Thanks for sharing it.

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Re: Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 06:45:49 pm »
My brother tells me "Molotov flew into Leuchars, took a train to BP, then drove to Chequers to see Churchill".
 
Do not know how he knows this but he is a mine of useful/useless information and is far better read than I am.
 
 

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Re: Why did Vyacheslav Molotov visit Brookmans Park in 1942?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 10:10:16 pm »
My brother tells me "Molotov flew into Leuchars, took a train to BP, then drove to Chequers to see Churchill"

Your brother is right Mary, but it appears that Molotov landed at RAF Tealing, a World War II airfield which lay to the north of Dundee.  This is how it looks today - http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Tealing.htm

The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 12, 1942 carries a number of reports on pages 4, 5 and 6.

Page 4, Well-Preserved Secret – “M. Molotov did not come into London that night, but drove straight on to Chequers, put at his disposal by the Prime Minister.”

The Times Digital Archive can be accessed via the link ‘Newspapers and Magazines online’ on http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/libraries/online/onlinereflib/ if you have a Herts library card. 
 

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