Finest Hour 150

Churchill in North Africa, August 1942

MOMENTS IN TIME: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY KEVIN MORRIS Read More >

Churchill Quiz

CHURCHILL QUIZ: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY JAMES LANCASTER Read More >

Action this Day

ACTION THIS DAY: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY MICHAEL MCMENAMIN Read More >

Churchill on Russia

WIT AND WISDOM: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011 Read More >

Golden Eggs: The Secret War, 1940-1945 Part II: Intelligence and the Eastern Front

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY MARTIN GILBERT

The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert CBE has been the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill since 1968, and has published almost as many words on his subject as Churchill wrote. Sir Martin is an honorary member of The Churchill Centre and has been a contributor to Finest Hour for nearly thirty years. For further information see http://www.martingilbert.com. Part I of this article appeared last issue

ABSTRACT
At Hitlerʼs greatest expectation of triumph, the fruits of British Signals Intelligence became a precious metal in Soviet Military resistance. Decrypts also helped Britain support Balkan allies, by relaying German military dispositions to the Yugoslav and Greek partisans. Read More >

Anarchism and Fire: What We Can Learn from Sidney Street

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY CHRISTOPHER C. HARMON

Dr. Harmon, Marine Corps University’s Horner Chair, is author of Terrorism Today (2007). His work, “How Terrorist Groups End,” was introduced in lectures at the Heritage Foundation and the Institute of World Politics in 2004. His latest contribution to this study is a chapter in the 2010 McGraw-Hill textbook, Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism Read More >

Where Others Heard Taps, Churchill Heard Reveille

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY RICHARD M. LANGWORTH

ABSTRACT
Barbara Leaming offers brilliant insight into Churchillʼs last decade of active politics.

Churchill Defiant: Fighting On 1945-1955, by Barbara Leaming. London: Harper Press, 394 pages, £20/$26.99. Member price $21.60.

“At my time of life I have no personal ambitions, no future to provide for. And I feel I can truthfully say that I only wish to do my duty by the whole mass of the nation and of the British Empire as long as I am thought to be of any use for that.” —Churchill in a London Broadcast, 21 March 1943 Read More >

Confronting Television in Old Age

RIDDLES, MYSTERIES, ENIGMAS: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011 Read More >

The Lion in Winter: Encounters with Churchill 1946-1962

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY DANA COOK

Mr. Cook (danacook@istar.ca) has published collections of literary, political and show business encounters widely, including his first installment for Finest Hour in issue 147. Read More >

Holding Fast: Churchill’s Longevity

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY JOHN H. MATHER MD

Dr. Mather, a past governor of The Churchill Centre, has spent over two decades researching Sir Winston’s medical history. This article is adapted and updated from his paper in Churchill Proceedings 1996-97

There is much to be learned from his tenacious spirit, well into old age. Yet, as in so many other areas, Churchill was one of a kind.  Read More >

The Reluctant Retiree

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY TERRY REARDON

Mr. Reardon, of ICS Canada, is a FH contributor whose recent articles were “Churchill and de Gaulle (FH 138) and “Mice That Roared: The Thirty-Minute Invasion of St. Pierre and Miquelon” (FH 136). His “Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King,” in FH 130, Spring 2006, won the Somervell Award for the best article of of 2005-06.

ABSTRACT
Did Churchill Stay Too Long? Read More >

Churchill on Clemenceau: His Best Student? • Part I

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY PAUL ALKON

Dr. Alkon, a Churchill Centre Academic Adviser, is Leo S. Bing Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. He has published books on Samuel Johnson, Daniel Defoe and science fiction, along with Winston Churchill’s Imagination (2006). He won the Somervell Award for his Lawrence of Arabia features appearing in Finest Hour 119 in 2003.

Franceʼs “Tiger” at 76 was more than a decade older than Churchill when he reached the pinnacle; but Churchill was 77 when he reached the pinnacle the second time. There is little doubt that Churchill patterned his leadership after that of the great Frenchman he admired. Read More >

May 1940: A Time for Old Men

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

BY DON C. GRAETER

Mr. Graeter is Director of Investments for Central Bank of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and served as a U.S. Navy officer during the Vietnam War. This article is adapted from his remarks to The Forum Club of Louisville.

ABSTRACT
This improbable political thriller actually happened. An unlikely group of elderly gentlemen delivered three dramatic, perfectly timed speeches that set in motion a stream of events which changed the course of history. It was, truly, a time for old men.  Read More >

Tigers and Lions: Age and Leadership

FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

“Great captains must take their chance with the rest. Caesar was assassinated by his dearest friend. Hannibal was cut off by poison. Frederick the Great lingered out years of loneliness in body and soul. Napoleon rotted at St. Helena. Compared with these, Marlborough had a good and fair end to his life.”
—WSC, Marlborough, vol. IV, 1938  Read More >

Around and About

AROUND AND ABOUT: FINEST HOUR 150, SPRING 2011

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AROUND & ABOUT

Manfred Weidhorn sends us an excerpt from the Diaries of Josef Goebbels, Nazi propaganda chief, dated 8 May 1941, a year after Churchill had come to power. Hitler and Goebbels regularly lambasted Churchill an aging, delusional liar, Prof. Weidhorn writes; but in his personal daily diary, Goebbels reflected on what he really thought:

“I study Churchill’s new book Step by Step, Speeches from 1936-39 and essays. This man is a strange mixture of heroism and cunning. If he had come to power in 1933, we would not be where we are today. And I believe that he will give us a few more problems yet. But we can and will solve them. Nevertheless, he is not to be taken lightly as we usually take him.”

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