Monday, December 10, 2007

The Churchill Series - Dec. 10, 2007

(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

Readers Note: This post first ran in Feb. 2006.

During WW II Churchill frequently worked 18 or more hours a day. His fellow Cabinet members and aides were often forced to keep the same hours, much to their displeasure.

Detective-Inspector Walter Thompson, Churchill’s principal bodyguard during the war, recalled the time in June, 1940 when Churchill and his party had just arrived back in England after two exhausting days in France trying to persuade the French not to agree to an armistice with the Germans.

The party had just landed at Hendon airport near London when Churchill announced, “We will have a Cabinet meeting at 10 p. m.”

The Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, was dismayed. “Surely not tonight, Winston,” Halifax pleaded. “We have had a long day; it will make such a late night.”

Churchill paused a moment before saying, “All right, we’ll make it 9:30 instead.”
Tom Hickman, Churchill's Bodyguard: The Authorized Biography of Walter H. Thompson. (pgs. 117-118)


Anonymous said...

As you probably know,WSC was planning to offer dual AngloFrench citizenship to keep the French more engaged (less Vichy?).And I'm going to send an e mail to the head of the Duk's history department,who has adopted a bemused (What,me worry?) attitude to the shout down.
It's strange thatas a "blog hooligan" you and others never tried to keep conflicting or opposing views quiet.I'm glad Duke isn't my Alma Mater.This,"it's beneath my notice" is probably a form of cowardice.
Merry Christmas,