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Churchill, War, and the Battle of Britain
by Jack Dixon (November 2009)
The following is a slightly edited excerpt from Dowding & Churchill: The Dark Side of the Battle of Britain (Pen and Sword, 2008).
A recent book by Geoffrey Best, entitled Churchill and War, contains not a single word about the Battle of Britain. Yet we find this statement: “Wars determined the course of history, and battles determined the outcomes of wars. Churchill wrote exceedingly well about battles, and not just because they absorbed and thrilled him. They settled the fate of nations.” An earlier page, recounting his first days as prime minister in May 1940, tells us: “Being the leader at the time and persuading the Cabinet to support him – another momentous act of leadership ... – Churchill was able to swing the people his way, and by so doing to change the course of history.” more>>>