We shall fight on the seas of nonsense policies

By Ross Eastgate

Winston Churchill knew a bit about soldiering, government and the consequences of failing to prepare adequately for future war.

He was also critical of politicians and generals who talked the talk but failed to follow through, having learned that lesson himself the hard way.

He wrote after the war, “The temptation to tell a chief in a great position the things he most likes to hear is the commonest explanation of mistaken policy.”

From his own leadership experience Churchill knew what men wanted and needed to fight well – leadership, training but also more practically bread, beer, weaponry and equipment, personal comforts and R&R, plus all the other myriad issues that he endlessly directed the War Office to address in WWII.

He understood soldiers’ psychology better than any other prime minister of his generation, none with military experience.

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