Churchill's Flawed Decisions: Errors in Office of The Greatest Briton

Churchill's Flawed Decisions: Errors in Office of The Greatest Briton

by Stephen Wynn

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Overview

Winston Churchill is undoubtedly one of the most respected and best-loved characters the nation has ever known. However, much of how people view him is based on his leadership during the bleak and dire times of the Second World War. If it wasn’t for him, Britain would almost definitely have lost the war: there were those in government who encouraged Churchill to strike a deal with Hitler at the time of the Dunkirk evacuations, which took place just three weeks after he had been made Prime Minister, but he stuck resolutely to his guns and said, ‘no’.

However, Churchill was never the favorite to take over after Neville Chamberlain resigned. Indeed, everyone believed Lord Halifax would be the next Prime Minister, although even he thankfully recognized that Winston Churchill was the best man for the job, even though King George VI disagreed.

Yet there was another side to Churchill that is not often spoken of, and one that led to him making some questionable decisions. Some of these, it could be argued, were for national security reasons, but others were not, proving that even the very best are not always as perfect as they first appear.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526708540
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone – Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father’s Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.

When not writing Stephen can be found walking his three German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 Churchill's Younger Years 1

Chapter 2 Early Political Issues 9

Chapter 3 Miners in Tonypandy (1910) 13

Chapter 4 Gallipoli 1915 24

Chapter 5 The Iraq Uprising of 1920 38

Chapter 6 Black & Tans 1920 41

Chapter 7 Invasion of Norway 1940 57

Chapter 8 SS Lancastria 1940 63

Chapter 9 Sinking of the French Fleet 1940 65

Chapter 10 Coventry Blitz 1940 69

Chapter 11 Fall of Singapore 1942 73

Chapter 12 Bengal Famine of 1943 94

Chapter 13 Dresden Bombings 1945 98

Chapter 14 Malayan Emergency 1948 110

Chapter 15 Mau Mau Uprising 1952 116

Chapter 16 Other Bits about Churchill 120

Chapter 17 Churchill Imperialist or Racist? 128

Conclusion 133

Sources 136

About the Author 137

Index 139

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