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A pen portrait of Winston Churchill

The prime minister was undoubtedly born too late. By nature he is an adventurist on an historical scale, strong-willed and resolute, a romantic of British Imperialism and war. Had he lived in previous centuries, he would have been a match … Continue reading

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President Churchill?*

Winston Churchill had the same qualifications as Barack Obama to be president of the USA. That is, an American mother and a non-American father. Perhaps that was the real source of the Special Relationship. *If he’d be been born in … Continue reading

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The Press Gang: Manning the Royal Navy

Royal Navy warships in the pre 20th century era were vile for the ordinary sailor. This was well known and as a result the navy suffered major recruitment challenges. The governments of the period had no alternative* but to adopt … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill’s ‘Gestapo’ speech (4th June 1945)

In June 1945, Britain resumed competitive politics for the first time since 1931. Churchill, who had spent five years surrounded by sycophants, reverted to toxic reactionary Victorian conservatism. His wartime rhetoric had been inspirational but his first peacetime broadcast demonstrated … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill, Victorian Warrior and Author at the battle of Omdurman, 1898

“…on the other side bullets were shearing through flesh, smashing and splintering bone; blood spouted through terrible wounds; valient men were struggling on through a hell of whistling metal, exploding shells and spurting dust- suffering, despairing, dying.” Winston Churchill The … Continue reading

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The Battle of Omdurman, 2nd September 1898

“…the sacred Black banner of the Khalifa floated high and remarkable.” (Winston S. Churchill*) European countries had very sophisticated armies, war industries and logistical understanding of warfare: war was a profession for Europeans. European wars were intensely competitive as witnessed by … Continue reading

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The Polish Air Force 1939- 40

    On the 23rd August 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the most treacherous treaty in the 20th Century: the Molotov- Ribbentrop Treaty. Within weeks Poland had been partitioned by Germany and the Soviets and the Polish … Continue reading

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Michael Howard: Man of the Moment, 1993

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