CHURCHILL'S WORLD WAR II ENGAGEMENT DIARIES
Three Original Cards
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Winston S. Churchill
1943 & 1945
12 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Churchill at Chartwell
Three large cards from Winston Churchill's original wartime engagement diary, covering six months: July, August, November and December 1943 and January and February 1945. Kept on Churchill's Downing Street desk throughout the war, each monthly page is pasted recto and verso onto double-sided boards that are file-punched at the upper right corners. The entries are largely in ink, with a few in pencil, all in secretarial hand (mostly John Colville's). They detail Churchill's minutest daily movements during critical periods of the war, including the Teheran and Yalta Conferences. The names of Churchill's greatest wartime contemporaries, from King George VI, FDR, Stalin, Eisenhower, Chang Kai-Shek, appear throughout.Though lightly browned and soiled with age, the pages are nevertheless in extremely good condition overall, the inked entries quite bright and legible. They remain fascinating, historic and pricelessly rare.
Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).