Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Churchill Series - July 2, 2008

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

There's a pop quiz today. But don’t fret. It’s one of those quizzes we all dreamed of in school: The answers come with the questions.

What pseudonym did Churchill use during World War II when he wished to keep his name out of the headlines? Colonel Warden

What nation did Churchill say "suffered in every respect by her association with the Western democracies"? Czechoslovakia

What kind of handgun did Churchill carry when serving in the trenches in France in WWI? A Colt .45 automatic (BTW – He was an excellent shot with both pistol and rifle. - John)

What signal went to British ships when WSC became for the second time First Lord in 1939? "Winston is back"

What military campaign in the First World War did Churchill predict with startling accuracy? German invasion of France

What was Churchill's particular warning to Britain about Germany in the late Thirties? Air parity was being lost

Churchill was aware of Hitler's history of broken promises. How many can you name?
Versailles Treaty provisions, Locarno pact, Anglo-German Naval Agreement, demilitarized Rhineland, guarantee of Czech borders after Munich, Czech borders his "last territorial claim in Europe"

What was Scapa Flow? A bay in NW Scotland where the Grand fleet was often anchored during both World Wars.

From which well-known literary figure did Churchill receive a letter praising his ideas for tanks? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

You already knew the answer to that last question, didn't you? You’re saying, “It was elementary, my dear John.”

Q&As provided by The Churchill Centre.