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Churchill's Flawed Decisions (Paperback)

Errors in Office of The Greatest Briton

WWII British History Churchill 20th Century Biographies Military

By Stephen Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526797940
Published: 20th August 2021



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Winston Churchill is undoubtedly one of the most respected and best-loved characters the nation has ever known. However, much of how people view him is based on his leadership during the bleak and dire times of the Second World War. If it wasn’t for him, Britain would almost definitely have lost the war: there were those in government who encouraged Churchill to strike a deal with Hitler at the time of the Dunkirk evacuations, which took place just three weeks after he had been made Prime Minister, but he stuck resolutely to his guns and said, ‘no’.

However, Churchill was never the favourite to take over after Neville Chamberlain resigned. Indeed, everyone believed Lord Halifax would be the next Prime Minister, although even he thankfully recognised that Winston Churchill was the best man for the job, even though King George VI disagreed.

Yet there was another side to Churchill that is not often spoken of, and one that led to him making some questionable decisions. Some of these, it could be argued, were for national security reasons, but others were not, proving that even the very best are not always as perfect as they first appear.

"This book is a good read, and it allows us to see Churchill for what he was, a human being who made mistakes and yet was also capable of making good decisions, just like us. So maybe this book is a welcome antidote to the mythologisation of Churchill, which has taken place in recent years."

Casemate Magazine

Stephen Wynn has written a very well-balanced account of aspects of Churchills life and career that has perhaps been subsumed by his reputation gained in time of war for the second time in a generation. Undoubtedly one of the most respected characters the nation has known this work is a useful counterpoint in knowing the man and is to be commended both to the Churchill specialist and the general reader.

Martin Willoughby, Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

I started with the chapter on the "Fall of Singapore" as my father was taken prisoner being part of the 18th Division.
I found the book to cause the mind to debate what Stephen has written, which is a good thing.
Stephen debates rather than take a thin white line. I found this very rewarding as I got a lot from the book.
Stephen's book is well worth reading, as it goes very deep into some of Churchill's mistakes and left me debating in my own mind some of the chapters.
A very good read
Ronnie Taylor - FEPOW Family

Ronnie Taylor

About Stephen Wynn

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.

When not writing Stephen can be found walking his dogs with his wife, Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning when most normal people are still fast asleep.

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