Tag: John Gilbert Winant

Did Winston Churchill Invent the Term “Wizard War”?

Did Winston Churchill Invent the Term “Wizard War”?

Q: Churchill’s creation?

I’d like to know if you can shed light on Churchill’s use of the word “wiz­ard” for radar sci­en­tists and engi­neers (as in Their Finest Hour, Book 2, Chap­ter 4 “The Wiz­ard War”)?  He first used the term in pub­li­ca­tion in that book in 1949; is there any indi­ca­tion of his use of the word, to describe what the RAF called “boffins”, dur­ing the ear­ly days of the war itself?

“Wiz­ard” is of course a grand old Mid­dle Eng­lish word, and Churchill would have pre­ferred that to the new­fan­gled “bof­fin.” …

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December 7th, 1941: Canada First to Declare War

December 7th, 1941: Canada First to Declare War

At War on the 7th Apro­pos Decem­ber 7th, my friend Randy Bar­ber (Ontario) writes: “Recent­ly, I pur­chased sev­en copies of a World War II Cana­di­an Army news­pa­per called Kha­ki. I have a think to tell you about the 7th, from read­ing papers and the let­ters to the edi­tor  from 1944: “In a ques­tion to the edi­tor about which coun­try first declared war on Japan after the bomb­ing of Pearl Har­bor, the answer was, not the Unit­ed States or Great Britain (which declared war on Decem­ber 8th). It was Cana­da, which declared war on Decem­ber 7th. Thus endeth your his­to­ry les­son for today.”*…

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