Stranger than fiction: decoding the Churchill myth

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?

18th June, 2017
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Winston Churchil was quite comfortable with myth-making PIc: Getty

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...

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