Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth
Winston Churchil was quite comfortable with myth-making PIc: Getty

The film Churchill has drawn the ire of historians for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events, but is it the prerogative of the artist to embellish facts in pursuit of better drama?

Winston Churchill’s handling of the D-day landings in June 1944 was not exactly his finest hour. Despite the British wartime leader’s public bravado, he was deeply sceptical about Operation Overlord and prayed that bad weather would force it to be called off.

“Please, please, please let it pour tomorrow,” he cried to God on the night before Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy. “Let the heavens open and a deluge burst forth such...

Subscribe from just 1€

Exclusive offers

Choose the subscription that is right for you

Monthly Subscription

€1

For the first month

€19.99 Monthly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Annual Subscription

€200€149

For the first year

€199.99 annually thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Quarterly Subscription

€55€42

For the first 90 days

€55.00 quarterly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

These offers are not available for current subscribers. Offers and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Terms & Conditions Apply

Please Subscribe or Log in to continue

Subscribe Login

Related Articles

More from The Business Post