Professor Richard Toye also claims that the Second World War leader’s ‘finest hour’ radio address, one of his most famous, lacked impact ‘because many people thought that he was drunk’.
The University of Exeter academic claims in a new book that Churchill was not a decisive influence on the nation’s willingness to fight on against Hitler when Britain was almost on its knees in 1940.
His research also found that when Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942, one Londoner said his rallying speech was ‘f****** bull****’ and a ‘f****** cover-up’.
Hero: After the war was won, Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses a crowd of 20,000 at Walthamstow Stadium, London, but an academic has cast doubt on the effect Winston Churchill’s wartime speeches had on the British public in a new book
PM: After the war was won, Winston Churchill addresses a crowd of 20,000 at Walthamstow Stadium, London, but an academic has cast doubt on the effect Winston Churchill’s wartime speeches had on the British public in a new book
Churchill’s legendary oratory, which included unforgettable phrases like ‘we shall fight on the beaches’ and ‘never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’, had moved many to join up and fight the Nazis.READ THIS, TOO: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v21/v21n2p34_cockburn.html
But Professor Toye denies the traditional view that Churchill was universally loved and said his speeches had led to criticism and controversy.
‘Churchill’s first speeches as prime minister in the dark days of 1940 were by no means universally acclaimed,’ he said.
‘Many people thought that he was drunk during his famous “finest hour” broadcast and there is little evidence that they made a decisive difference to the British people’s will to fight on.’
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