Wednesday 3 September 2014

"Winston Is Back": 75th Anniversary of Churchill's Appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty

75 years ago today, Britain declared war on Germany and Winston Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, a position he had held during the Great War. 

10 minutes after the Royal Navy received notification of the commencement of hostilities against Germany, the Admiralty sent a second telegram to the fleet. The telegram contained only three words, three words that Lord Mountbatten said had 'an electrifying effect throughout the fleet': "WINSTON IS BACK." 

This clip from "The Gathering Storm", with Albert Finney as Winston Churchill, captures the spirit of the occasion.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the man." In this period of immense geo-political instability some may have good reason to ask "Where is our Churchill?"

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