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Churchill Documents: The Italian Navy

Churchill Documents: The Italian Navy

Excerpt­ed from “The Ital­ian Navy in The Churchill Doc­u­ments, Vol­ume 19,” by Andrew Roberts. To read the full arti­cle, click here.

Fate­ful Ques­tions: Sep­tem­ber 1943 to April 1944, lat­est vol­ume in The Churchill Doc­u­ments, is avail­able from Hills­dale Col­lege Book­store. To order click here.

Andrew Roberts writes:

After the sur­ren­der of Italy to the Allies in Sep­tem­ber 1943, the Ital­ian Fleet was appor­tioned between the Allied pow­ers and absorbed into their navies. Although the Axis had by then been cleared out of the Mediter­ranean, the ships played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the rest of the war.…

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Churchill on War (3)

Churchill on War (3)

con­tin­ued from Part 2….

Part 3 “Cure­less Fol­ly Done and Said…”: Why Churchill was Downcast

What is the scene which unfolds before us tonight? It is cer­tain­ly not what we had hoped to find after all our ene­mies had sur­ren­dered uncon­di­tion­al­ly and the great world instru­ment of the Unit­ed Nations had been set up to make sure that the wars were end­ed. It is cer­tain­ly not that. Peace does not sit untrou­bled in her vine­yard. —Churchill on 14 Jan­u­ary 1952, Chateau Lau­ri­er, Ottawa

Toward the end of his life, the old lion who had had implored,  “nev­er despair,” was him­self gripped by melan­choly.…

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How much did Churchill drink?

How much did Churchill drink?

Andy Klein asks whether William Man­ches­ter was being fac­tu­al or just cute when he wrote that Churchill was not a heavy drinker, despite the quan­ti­ties Man­ches­ter enumerated:

…the leg­end that he is a heavy drinker is quite untrue. Churchill is a sen­si­ble if unortho­dox drinker. There is always some alco­hol in his blood­stream and it reach­es its peak in the evening after he has had two or three scotch­es, sev­er­al glass­es of cham­pagne, at least two brandies, and a highball.

Man­ches­ter was right in the sense but wrong in the details. Churchill had an impres­sive capac­i­ty for alco­hol, but nobody saw him put that much away of an evening.…

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