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Winston Churchill: British bulldog: his career in war and by Emrys Hughes

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Hitherto that law, as fixed by the German Parliament, has not been in any way exceeded, and I gladly bear witness to the fact that the statements of the German Ministers about it have been strictly borne out by events. As Mr. Norton concludes: Here is the word of leading English statesmen that Germany had not only not forced the pace in naval construction but had refused to follow the provocation of England, France and Russia when these countries, under the spur of mendacious propaganda, had nearly trebled their expenditures.

Asquith suggested Churchill for the Admiralty, but Haldane was not too enthusiastic. Haldane wrote to Sir Edward Grey: And so Lloyd George's Budget was to be approved. The Little Navy men were to be told it was a programme of only four ships and the Big Navy men were to be assured it was really eight. And now as a result of all this manoeuvring the whole country wants eight and will not be happy with less. Asquith jumps about like a parched pea in a frying pan and doesn't know which way to face.

The military attacks on Gallipoli were doomed to failure. There were episodes of frightful and futile slaughter as British, Australian and New Zealand troops were sent to their doom. The full story is to be found in official histories and in books by numerous unofficial writers as well. By the end of the campaign, and when the evacuation was completed, says the official historian, nearly half a million men had been sent to the Dardanelles. "Of this total 43,000 British officers and men had been killed, taken prisoner or posted as missing, or died of disease.

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