Winston Churchill has been studied in three recent articles published in academic journals. In the April 2015 issue of Naval History noted military historian Williamson Murray (professor emeritus at Ohio State University) reviews the Gallipoli campaign and makes a comparison to Waterloo in that both were “a terribly close run thing.” At Gallipoli, however, the result was a British defeat. In the article, entitled “The Gallipoli Gamble,” Murray comments that Churchill with his “febrile imagination” saw the results that could be achieved by launching a campaign to open up the Dardanelles and notes that the initiative, however, “rested on an underestimation of Turkish capabilities.” Murray writes further that the sacking of Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty had the result of “robbing the government of the one civilian who grasped the strategic dimensions of the great conflict.”
Chris Wrigley, author of Winston Churchill: A Biographical Companion and Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham, published a review of the Churchill literature in the January 2015 issue of History Today. In the article he highlights the most useful titles for the varied aspects of Churchill’s life and career.
The third article is “Caught in the Crossfire: Sir Gerald Campbell, Lord Beaverbrook and the Near Demise of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, May-October 1940” by Kent Fedorowich and published in the January 2015 issue of The Journal of Military History. The article recounts the squabbling between the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Aircraft Production as well as the saga surrounding the “corrosive remarks” uttered by Beaverbrook and reported to Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King which threatened to damage Anglo-Canadian relations. Churchill’s role in the affair is described with Fedorowich noting both that the prime minister’s loyalties in the matter lay with Beaverbrook and that the affair “demonstrated that Churchill needed to get a firmer grip on his eccentric minister.”