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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing well, 9 Mar 2012
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R. Fowkes "Roger Fowkes" (Northamptonshire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Winston S. Churchill, Vol. 3: The Challenge of War 1914-1916 (Hardcover)
My son recently acquired Call of Duty, a new computer game, and very absorbing. This series of Churchill biographies is rapidly becoming my version of it. Volume 3 continues to show Churchill at the forefront of policy with the coming of The Great War, being instrumental, with Asquith and Grey, in such strategic issues as forcing the issue of Britain supporting France in Summer 1914. In tactical issues also he continued to innovate, contributing to the development of the tank, proposing as early as 1915 the establishment of a discrete airforce, and setting up the Royal Naval Division. This latter, however, acted as another conduit for the mistrust and dislike Churchill seemed chronically to attract. He was accused of setting up a private army, especially given his habit of visiting The Front where the RND was engaged. The effect of this close operational contact was, however, that Churchill came to appreciate the nature of this war more than other ministers. One of his insightful conclusions was "...the old wars were decided by their episodes rather than their tendencies. In this War the tendencies are far more important than the episodes.", giving him cause for optimism during a dark period. He was said to be excited by the atmosphere of crisis and action, culminating in his rejoining The Army after being forced from The Admiralty by the Gallipoli debacle. To go from Cabinet to the Trenches must surely be unique for any British politician. A summation of Churchills forthright character can be found at the bottom of pages 179-80, but the ironies are legion, from Lloyd Georges sarcasm about Churchill "...hoping to prove the outstanding man in this war", to Asquiths view that "He will never get to the top in English politics, with all hia wonderful gifts." Oh the luxuries of hindsight!
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4.0 out of 5 stars an important volume, 1 Mar 2009
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Gilbert Michaud (canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Winston S. Churchill, Vol. 3: The Challenge of War 1914-1916 (Hardcover)
cover the crucial period when churchill was at the admiralty and got caught in the nigmarish gallipoli operation .. important volume .
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