CHURCHILL, Winston S Autograph letter signed ("W") with an a...
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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("W.") with an autograph postscript signed ("W.S.C."), to Jack Churchill, 19 June 1915. 9 pages, 8vo, Duchy of Lancaster stationery; with original autograph envelope signed ("Winston S. Churchill") . Marked "private & secret."
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Autograph letter signed ("W.") with an autograph postscript signed ("W.S.C."), to Jack Churchill, 19 June 1915. 9 pages, 8vo, Duchy of Lancaster stationery; with original autograph envelope signed ("Winston S. Churchill") . Marked "private & secret." "THE WAR IS TERRIBLE: THE CARNAGE GROWS APACE...THE YOUTH OF EUROPE, ALMOST A WHOLE GENERATION, WILL BE SHORN AWAY" A lengthy reflection on the fallout from the Dardanelles campaign and the carnage of the Great War, written to his brother who was then a staff officer for Field Marshall French and General Hamilton. "The education of the new men proceeds, & most of the important Unionists are now fully convinced not only of the obligation to carry the Dardanelles policy through, but of the wisdom of the enterprise, in strategy & politics....I was vy much attracted by the Bulair project & I think the naval objections cd have been overcome: but of course the Anzac line of attack, if it succeeded, wd be instantly decisive... K. [Kitchener] always says the troops in Egypt are available as a reserve & that they can come over for an emergency. I hope that every scrap of force that can be laid hands on will be used when the time comes..." He takes comfort in the strains felt in the enemy capital: "All intelligence reports received here show gt anxiety & depression in C'ple [Constantinople]. We must never forget the enemy suffers as well as we do." Following a long discussion of naval weaponry, the submarine blockade, and "the big monitors...What splendid weapons they are.") He steps back and ponders what is clearly going to be a long and bitter conflict: "The war is terrible: the carnage grows apace, & the certainty that no result will be reached this year fills my mind with melancholy thoughts. The youth of Europe, almost a whole generation, will be shorn away. I find it vy painful to be deprived of direct means of action, but I bear the pangs, because I see & feel the value of my influence in general policy. I do not think the present arrangement will last forever, and I hope to regain a fuller measure of control before the end of the year." Churchill hopes his ideas can make it to the ears of the top commanders under whom Jack served: "You can always show my letters to the General," he writes in a postscript, "if you think fit." CHURCHILL'S AUTOGRAPH LETTERS ON THE DARDANELLS CAMPAIGN ARE RARE.
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