RT. HON. SIR WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL
ROUND TABLE OF NEBRASKA
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Winston S. Churchill Volume 7 Road to Victory 1941-1945
Chapter 7 “War on Many Fronts’ (1986, pages 109-122)
The Churchill Documents Volume 17 Testing Times 1942 (2014, pages 663-781)
Diary Of A Young Girl
Diary Entry of June 12, 1942
Cara Wilson’s The Legacy of Anne Frank (1995, pages 1-20)
June 12, 1942
I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.
….. Diary entry from Anne Frank’s Diary Of A Young Girl
Turning to the Far East, Churchill telegraphed to Wavell on June 12 to urge that preparations go forward for the capture of Rangoon and Moulmein in Burma, ‘and, thereafter, striking at Bangkok’. For this, Churchill explained, ‘we should first have to fight our way along the coast amphibiously from Chittagong via Akyab, and at the right time launch an overseas expedition of forty or fifty thousand of our best British troops with suitable armour across the northern part of the Bay of Bengal’. Such an attack, Churchill added, ‘would be seizing the initiative and making the enemy conform, instead of being, through no fault of your own, like clay in the hands of the potter. It would be war on a large scale….’ For such a plan, Churchill told Wavell, ‘I could leave you Alexander.’ But no such plan would be possible if the Russian southern front was ‘beaten in’ and Germany overran the Caucasus, ‘or if Auchinleck were beaten back by Rommel’.
That same day, Rommel’s forces drove forward to within fifteen miles of Tobruk. ‘Your decision to fight it out to the end,’ Churchill telegraphed to Auchinleck, ‘most cordially endorsed. We shall sustain you whatever the result.’ He added: ‘Retreat would be fatal. This is a business not only of armour but of will power. God bless you all.’
At Chequers, on Friday, June 12, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who had just returned from Washington, was among the overnight guests. As they talked that night, it became clear to Churchill that, with so many competing war plans, and a growing problem of the allocation of United States aircraft in the different war zones, it would be sensible to visit Roosevelt once more. He was also worried about the second front.
….. Excerpt from Martin Gilbert’s Winston S. Churchill Volume 7 Road to Victory 1941-1945 (2014, pages 121-122)