Finest Hour 134

Churchill Quiz

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY JAMES LANCASTER Read More >

“Ain’t I Some Punkins?”

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY ROBERT S. PETTENGILL

Mr. Pettengill (bobandpris@msn.com) is a retired financial executive who served in General Motors’ international operations. He lives near Detroit, Michigan.

ABSTRACT
THE UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY of a soldier’s letters home led his son to track his father’s experiences in World War II—which, like most veterans, he never spoke of. They include a then-classified encounter with Churchill in the field… Read More >

Action this Day

ACTION THIS DAY: FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY MICHAEL MCMENAMIN Read More >

Churchill’s Shoulder: What If…?

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY JOHN V. BANTA M.D. Read More >

Spencer Churchill (p) at Harrow School 1888-1892

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY GEOFFREY J. FLETCHER • PART II

Mr. Fletcher (gj.fletcher@belgacom.net) herein concludes his two-part article. Readers of Part I know that the “(p)” in Winston’s Harrow title stood for “Prizeman”: he won the Declamation Prize for reciting 1200 lines of Macaulay’s “Lays of Ancient Rome.”

ABSTRACT
“I WAS OFTEN UNCERTAIN whether the Ablative Absolute should end in ‘e’ or 1′ or ‘o’ or ‘is’ or ‘ibus’….Dr. Welldon seemed to be physically pained by a mistake being made in any of these letters. I remember that later on, Mr. Asquith used to have just the same sort of look on his face when I sometimes adorned a Cabinet discussion by bringing out one of my few but faithful Latin quotations.” —WSC, My Early Life, 1930 Read More >

“Like Goldfish in a Bowl”: The Alcohol Quotient

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY WARREN F. KIMBALL

Dr. W. F. Kimball is Professor of History at Rutgers, Visiting Professor at The Citadel, and a Churchill Centre Academic Adviser.

ABSTRACT
“DINNER AT THE WHITE HOUSE (DRY, ALAS!); with the Sultan….After dinner, recovery from the effects of the above.” —WSC to Harry Hopkins, Casablanca, 21 January 1943 (The Prime Minister always referred to FDR’s Casablanca villa as “the White House,”) Read More >

Becoming Winston Churchill

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY MICHAEL McMENAMIN AND CURT ZOLLER

ABSTRACT
“WHAT HAD the great American politician and orator ever have seen in the brash young cavalry lieutenant of 1895? Churchill smiled. More than his own father had seen—that much was certain! But if Winston had striven throughout his iife to prove his father wrong about him, that wasn’t the case with Cockran. Churchill had striven to prove Cockran right”

EDITOR’S NOTE

Becoming Winston Churchill: The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor, by two longtime contributors to Finest Hour, will soon be available through the Churchill Centre Book Club. It explores Young Winston Churchill’s coming of age between 1895-1908 “through the prism” of Bourke Cockran—who, in the Paris spring of 1895, had an affair with Churchill’s mother, and thereafter befriended her son.

Uniquely, this book contains the full text of all available Churchill-Cockran correspondence. It also contains, at the beginning of each chapter, fictional passages which, as Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys writes in the book’s foreword, “are clearly very close to the facts. By using this device to describe the relationships between Winston, Jennie and Cockran, the authors bring to life events of a bygone era which eventually determined the course of the 20th century.” Read More >

The Time Bomb that is Nairobi

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY JOHN KAMAU

Reprinted by kind permission of Chaacha Mwita, editor, Weekend Editions, The East African Standard, Nairobi, 28 January 2006. Photo From Kenya, The Magic Land, by Mohamed Amin, Duncan Willetts, Brian Tetley © 1988. Map © Magellan Geographies, 1992.

ABSTRACT
YOUNG WINSTON’S hasty 1906 decision may return to haunt Kenya’s capital. Read More >

“Thus Perished Operation Sea Lion”

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

ABSTRACT

CHURCHILL’S TASK was formidable in 1940. Fortunately, across the Channel in Germany, Korporal Hitler made it easier than it might have been….

BY BYRON CYNEWULF ROBBINS

Mr. Robbins, who covered Churchill in Parliament in his long journalism career, is a Finest Hour senior editor in Victoria, B.C. Read More >

Riddles, Mysteries, Enigmas

RIDDLES, MYSTERIES, ENIGMAS: FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007 Read More >

Sir Martin Gilbert Essay Competition

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

CHURCHILL ON THE CHICAGO SCANDALS

ABSTRACT
WHY IN 1906 WOULD AN ENGLISHMAN be interested in a muckraking book on the abuses in the United States’ meatpacking industry? Winning student essayists from Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities review Churchill’s short-term goals and long-term convictions. Read More >

Churchill on War

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

CHURCHILL ON WAR Read More >

A Portrait at Churchill Junior High; A Teacher Seminar in Charleston

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

ABSTRACT
THE CHURCHILL CENTRE ensures that students at Churchill Junior High now see their school’s namesake every day. The Churchill teacher seminar series travels to South Carolina.

BY SUZANNE SIGMAN

Ms. Sigman is the Centre’s Educational Programs Coordinator. Read More >

Churchill Worldwide

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

ABSTRACT
A HANDBOOK OF CHURCHILL MEMORIALS is to be produced by Finest Hour, designed to guide users to Churchilliana throughout the world. Reader assistance is essential. Read More >

The Nemon Statue and Churchill Arch

FINEST HOUR 134, SPRING 2007

BY JAMES LANCASTER Read More >

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