Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Churchill Series - Jan. 14, 2009

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

Readers Note: I'm sorry I missed posting yesterday. It was a very busy day.

I hope the following "oldie" from 2006 leaves you smiling.


During WW II Churchill frequently worked 18 or more hours a day. And he sometimes went days with just a few hours sleep per night. His aides were often forced to keep those same hours, much to their displeasure.

Detective- Inspector Walter Thompson, for many years Churchill’s principal bodyguard, 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)