Sunday, July 24, 2016
From Professor Al Nofi and his CIC # 453 as seen at Strategy Page that Great War saga of Winston Churchill detailed.
ChurchilL even as a PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE BRITISH CABINET AND AS A CIVILIAN SEEKING AN ACTIVE COMBATANT ROLE!
• "Although, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he was a civilian member of the British cabinet, for several days in early October of 1914 Winston Churchill assumed command of the forces defending Antwerp, helping to hold the enemy back for about a week or so, while angling for a commission as a lieutenant general [three stars]."
"In mid-August First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill decided to use eight battalions worth of surplus reservists and volunteers plus a brigade of excellent Royal Marines to form the Royal Naval Division. The division initially had no field artillery and only rudimentary engineer, medical, or other standard services. The division did, however, have an unusually high proportion of machine guns for the times, and in Belgium acquired an armored train with four 4.7-inch (120 mm) quick firing naval guns plus a contingent of armored cars. . . . On October 3rd the two naval brigades were rushed to support the defense of Antwerp . . . they helped hold off the Germans for nearly a week . . . By the time Antwerp was evacuated on October 10th, the naval brigades had lost nearly half their personnel . . . The whole experiment had been a failure, which even Churchill would later admit"
Continued failure as the First Lord of the Admiralty [Gallipoli most prominent] mandating resignation from office, CHURCHILL SUBSEQUENTLY SERVING AS A BATTALION COMMANDER IN THE TRENCHES ON THE WESTERN FRONT!!
"Churchill at the Front"
"Rather than sit by while the world tore itself apart, he resigned his post (though he remained a member of Parliament) and decided to rejoin his regiment in November 1915 at the age of 41"
"In any case, due to political pressures, he was given a battalion (less than a 1,000 men) and made a Lieutenant-Colonel instead of a Brigadier-General [one star]".
Churchill as evidenced FOND OF THE FRENCH ADRIAN HELMET. His ability as a battalion commander unremarkable, the man able and competent but nothing more!!
That Great War experience of Winston Spencer Churchill merits a book unto itself!!