Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Churchill Series - Jan. 16, 2008

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

Today some "this and that" about the Great Man.

Did you know the former cavalry officer who loved polo and fox-hunting rode to his Sept. 12, 1908 wedding to Clementine Hozier in an electric automobile?

During Churchill’s time, the Prime Minister’s official country residence, Chequers, lacked central heating. General Eisenhower, an overnight guest on many a winter's evening, often referred to Chequers as "that damned icebox."

It now has central heating, but it wasn't installed until many years after the war.

Churchill once told Eisenhower: "All I want is compliance with my wishes, after reasonable discussion."

Of Churchill and Eisenhower, historian Carlo D'Este says:

"Although the two men would engage in numerous heated debates during the course of the war, neither ever lost his respect for or friendship with the other."
Randolph S. Churchill, Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman for photo and description of automobile (after p. 222)

See Carlo D'Este, Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life for other references. (pgs. 328-331)