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Politics Before Country, 1936-2011, Part 4

Politics Before Country, 1936-2011, Part 4

con­tin­ued from Part 3

Amer­i­ca and the oth­er great democ­ra­cies con­front no mighty super­pow­er, like Britain did in 1936. Yet we face  prob­lems which, long sim­mer­ing, may indeed result in a wreck­age sim­i­lar to what might have befall­en the world, had Churchill’s Britain, and its Com­mon­wealth, not stood alone against Hitler, until, as he put it, “those who hith­er­to had been half blind were half ready.” The clear­est dec­la­ra­tion of Churchill’s char­ac­ter and prin­ci­ple I have ever read came in July 1936, at the height of the rear­ma­ment debate, Churchill told Par­lia­ment:

I would endure with patience the roar of exul­ta­tion that would go up when I was proved wrong, because it would lift a load off my heart and off the hearts of many Mem­bers.…

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Atlantic Conference, Newfoundland, August 1941

Atlantic Conference, Newfoundland, August 1941

I am research­ing the events sur­round­ing, and indi­vid­u­als active­ly involved in, the first war-time Anglo-Amer­i­can sum­mit, the “Atlantic Con­fer­ence,” which took place in at Argen­tia, New­found­land from 9 through 12 August 1941. Most his­to­ries focus on the word­ing of the “Atlantic Char­ter” to the com­plete exclu­sion sub-meet­ings held by chiefs of staff and oth­er high rank­ing indi­vid­u­als from the two coun­tries. They also fail to men­tion that the “Atlantic Con­fer­ence” was actu­al­ly a war coun­cil where strat­e­gy, tac­tics and war materiel logis­tics were dis­cussed in detail over a four-day peri­od. Can you help me devel­op a com­pre­hen­sive list of the indi­vid­u­als who were involved in con­fer­ences those four days?…

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