CATEGORIES

Perfect Preparation: What Churchill Learned from the First World War

Winston Churchill famously wrote about his feelings on becoming prime minister in May 1940, “I felt as if I were walking with Destiny and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”1 It was true, and no part of his life had been a better preparation than 1914–18.

10+ mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

War Lord in Training: Churchill And The Royal Navy During The First World War

Churchill’s contribution to naval affairs in the First World War is a polarizing topic. It divided people at the time and it remains a matter of sharply delineated opinions even now. The reasons for this are not difficult to spot. Although no decisive sea engagement was fought while Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, the opening ten months of the war were nevertheless eventful, and the operations that took place at that time appeared to highlight the worst aspects of Churchill’s character as a civilian naval leader. The reality is—inevitably—more complex, but a quick check of what went visibly wrong and what appeared to go right will illustrate the point.

10+ mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

The World Crisis Breeds New Publishing Relationships For Churchill

This is a behind-the-scenes article. It focuses not on the content of The World Crisis (which former Prime Minister A. J. Balfour described as “Winston’s brilliant Autobiography, disguised as a history of the universe”) but rather on how that multi-volume history of the Great War—Churchill’s twelfth work—came to be published in both the UK and the USA.

9 mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

The Mistaken View of Churchill's First World War “Mistakes”

A common verdict on Churchill’s First World War is that he was the perpetrator of costly disasters, but that he learned from his mistakes. Consider this, from the Imperial War Museum’s website:

10+ mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

THE FULTON REPORT From the National Churchill Museum

High Hopes and Unbounded Confidence? The Aftermath of the Great Wars

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Finest Hour
Fall 2018

November 11, 1918: The Hour of Deliverance

In his memoirs of the First World War published as The World Crisis, Winston Churchill vividly recalls the scene he witnessed at the moment the Armistice took effect.

4 mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

Churchill's World Crisis

Today, whenever major political leaders come to the end of their careers, we have learned to expect an announcement at no distant point that a contract has been signed for the publication of their memoirs, with large advances mentioned.

9 mins read
Finest Hour
Fall 2018

Churchill's New Audience | # Armistice100

For the past four years, the centenary of the Great War, I have been managing social media content for the National World War I Museum of the United States in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Finest Hour
Fall 2018

Action This Day

125 Years ago Autumn 1893 • Age 19 “Sandhurst Has Done Wonders for Him”

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Finest Hour
Fall 2018

The International Churchill Society's First Fifty Years

This is the 180th issue of Finest Hour. The operating budget for the first year of what became the International Churchill Society was $180. The first issue of the journal was sent out to the founding members—all twelve of them—in the spring of 1968 with a note that the title was only “temporary” until a better suggestion arose. Fifty years on, the current editor has determined that the cut-off date for suggestions has now passed.

8 mins read
Finest Hour
Spring 2018

An Oscar For Oldman

Gary Oldman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California on 4 March. Oldman, who had only been nominated once before, received his first Oscar for his performance as Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright.

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Finest Hour
Spring 2018

A Regency Fit For A King: Churchill Visits Athens, December 1944

At Christmastime 1944, Winston Churchill travelled to Athens. It was a perilous journey, but the stakes were high: the future of Greece.

8 mins read
Finest Hour
Spring 2018