In the welter of popular and well-known stories and reminiscences about Churchill (many of them more legend than fact), it can be easy to forget that he was more than an inspirational leader and figurehead to a nation and its allies. For in spite of his many and varied successes, Britain’s last great wartime Prime Minister was also a full-blooded human being, with all of the foibles, fallibility, bad temper, pigheadedness and vanity that are so often the shadows of such greatness. Ebullient, sometimes moody, and often mischievous, he lived a full and varied life beyond the demands of Parliament: sailing with his beloved wife, Clemmie, on the Admiralty yacht Enchantress, owning racehorses, playing polo, entertaining friends and family, all of which, and more, find a place in Winston Churchill: The Great Man's Life in Anecdotes.
With a light touch and a great, though not always uncritical, affection for its subject, Patrick Delaforce’s wide-ranging collection reveals many little known facets of this illustrious man and his incredible life. It is at once a treasury of anecdote and recollection, an insight into Churchill’s larger-than-life personality, a record of his often caustic, yet brilliant wit, and, by the use of long out of print and forgotten sources, a lasting testament to his remarkable, indeed immeasurable contribution to the modern world.
Patrick Delaforce served as a troop leader in Normandy with the Royal Horse Artillery of the 11th Armoured Division. Hitler's Wehrmacht blew him up with their mines in Holland, and he was again wounded by a rifle grenade on the banks of the River Elbe.
He was with the first battle group into Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, was twice mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the Bronze Cross of Orange- Nassau. In autumn 1945 he served on a War Crimes Tribunal in Hamburg and tried many concentration camp guards. Finally, he was an official British Army of the Rhine witness when Mr Albert Pierrepoint, the British hangman, executed 13 convicted war criminals in Hameln on 13 December 1945.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 80 b/w