Bulletin #110 – Aug 2017

Churchill 2017: New York City Full Conference Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 34th International Churchill Conference has now been set. The conference will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12. Follow this link to register today.

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Dunkirk New Film Excites the Senses

Review by MICHAEL F. BISHOP

Of the evacuation of 338,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches of northern France from 26 May to 4 June 1940—an operation codenamed “Dynamo”—Winston Churchill warned the House of Commons, “We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations.”

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Robert Hardy 1925–2017 ICS Honorary Member Excelled in Churchill Portrayals

The passing of actor Robert Hardy on 3 August at age 91 struck hard. Hardy had been an Honorary Member of the International Churchill Society for thirty years. His many portrayals of Churchill on stage and screen as well as appearances at Churchill conferences made him “one of the family.” Read More >

Roses for Vivien Rarely Seen Churchill Canvas Now on Display

The estate of film legend Vivien Leigh will go under the hammer this summer at Sotheby’s in London. The auction brings to light a little known but exceptionally fine painting by Winston Churchill, which he presented as a gift to his favorite actress. Read More >

Churchill Myth & Reality Getting at the Truth

Review by MANFRED WEIDHORN

 

Richard M. Langworth, Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said, McFarland, 2017, 256 pages, $49.95. ISBN 978–1476665832

There is something about greatness that brings out the worst in some observers, be it out of envy, spitefulness, or invincible ignorance. Thus by common consent the three greatest American presidents are Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt, yet each was subject to a barrage of opprobrium and invective. The same holds true for Winston Churchill, probably the savior of Western civilization in Europe in 1940 and the Man of the Century. Because of his colorful, risk-taking personality and his active imagination, Churchill attracted the criticisms of more conventional, conformist political colleagues and of the chattering class—not always, be it noted, unfairly. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: King George V Coronation Parade Ticket

By BRIAN KRAPF

This heavy paper ticket allowed the bearer to view the 1911 coronation parade of King George V and Queen Mary from the reviewing stand at the Admiralty Archway as the parade moved up Whitehall. The ticket is significant not only as a unique coronation souvenir, but also because it was issued by Winston Churchill as Home Secretary. Read More >

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