(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
Reading The Churchill Centre’s Action This Day report for June 10, 1944, we learn a bit about what happened when Churchill and other allied leaders visited the headquarters of the Allied ground commander, General Bernard Montgomery, four days after D-Day.
On June 10th, after Montgomery announced that "we have won the battle of the beaches" Churchill, Smuts, Brooke, General Marshall and Admiral King crossed the Channel where they were met by Montgomery. After a beach welcome they drove through "our limited but fertile domain in Normandy."
[Afterwards] they lunched on the lawn at Montgomery's headquarters, looking towards the front which was only three miles away.
Churchill enquired about the chances of German - armour breaking up their lunch.
Montgomery acknowledged that the chateau had indeed taken a pounding the night before.
The Prime Minister reminded him that "anything can be done once or for a short time, but custom, repetition, prolongation, is always to be avoided when possible in war."
Montgomery moved his headquarters two days later.