Martin Gilbert

Sir Martin John Gilbert CBE FRSL (25 October 1936 – 3 February 2015) was a British historian and honorary Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. He was the author of eighty-eight books, including works on Winston Churchill, the 20th century, and Jewish history including the Holocaust.




Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted2 years ago
Speaking of his future, Churchill told his aunt Lady Rodney, ‘If I had two lives I would be a soldier and a politician. But as there will be no war in my time I shall have to be a politician.’ He
Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted2 years ago
In fact Churchill was nineteen, and would be twenty in November; the lapse was in keeping with Lord Randolph’s recurring and now worsening illness. That April a Parliamentary commentator described him as ‘bowed down with physical and mental suffering’. He could no longer finish his speeches; while speaking, his voice would become slurred and he would lose his train of thought.
Churchill was now so afraid of upsetting his father that, when he
Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted2 years ago
Churchill’s first letters from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, reveal his determination to make the best of his new career. ‘Of course it is very uncomfortable,’ he wrote to his father about his room: ‘No carpet or curtains. No ornamentation or adornments of any kind. No hot water and very little cold.’ The discipline was ‘far stricter than Harrow. Hardly any law is given to juniors on joining. No excuse is ever taken—not even with a plea of “don’t know”—after the first few hours, and of course no such thing as unpunctuality or untidiness is tolerated.’ There was, however, Churchill wrote, ‘something very exhilarating in the military manner in which everything works; and I think that I shall like my life here during the next 18 months very much’.
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