Tag: Charles de Gaulle

AZ Quotes: A Cornucopia of Things Churchill Never Said

AZ Quotes: A Cornucopia of Things Churchill Never Said

Much of my labor in the Churchill Vine­yard involves research­ing quo­ta­tions “AZ.” My 650-page books and ebooks, Churchill by Him­self and Churchill in His Own Words, are the largest sources of Churchill’s phi­los­o­phy, max­ims, reflec­tions and ripostes accom­pa­nied by a valid source for each entry. There are 4,150 entries, but a new, expand­ed and revised edi­tion is com­ing. It will include a much larg­er appen­dix of “Red Herrings”—oft-repeated pas­sages he nev­er said but con­stant­ly ascribed to him.

“Red Her­rings” are part of what quotemas­ter Nigel Rees calls “Churchillian Drift.” (Click here for the full descrip­tion).…

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Celwyn Ball, British First Army 1940-46

Celwyn Ball, British First Army 1940-46

Celwyn 1922-2016 Bralu Kapi, Riga, Latvia

In 1992, I told Cel­wyn of my Lat­vian fore­bears and wish to vis­it the Baltic. He said he knew the area well, vol­un­teered to join me, and made arrange­ments for a tour. Gen­er­ous­ly he showed me places I nev­er expect­ed to see. I remem­ber our strolling Bralu Kapi, Latvia’s Arling­ton, where heroes lie. There I heard Cel­wyn mus­ing, from his own expe­ri­ence, about what they must have gone through. A vet­er­an had told us of dig­ging ditch­es in the flat coun­try, against oncom­ing Russ­ian tanks, in 1945 as the Red Army rolled west.…

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Diana Cooper on Winston Churchill

Diana Cooper on Winston Churchill

Dar­ling Mon­ster: The Let­ters of Lady Diana Coop­er to her Son John Julius Nor­wich 1939-1952, Chat­to & Win­dus, 2013, 520pp.

Lady Diana Duff Coop­er, “the most beau­ti­ful woman in Eng­land,” had a pen­e­trat­ing mind and bril­liant pen. She was capa­ble of cap­tur­ing a time when women con­sid­ered the world laden with oppor­tu­ni­ty for ful­fill­ment. She proved this with her famous sev­en-year per­for­mance in Max Rein­hardt’s “The Mir­a­cle.” Her col­lab­o­ra­tion with her husband’s ambas­sador­ship to France was notable. So was her beau­ti­ful and lit­er­ate tril­o­gy of mem­oirs.

Sir Alfred Duff Coop­er was one of Churchill’s most stal­wart friends and allies, serv­ing loy­al­ly as WSC’s first wartime Min­is­ter of Infor­ma­tion and then as his liai­son to de Gaulle.…

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