Book Reviews: Winston, Warts and All from a Close Ally; Churchill at War 1940-45, by Lord Moran. Published by Robinson at Pounds 9.95. (Paperback)

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Book Reviews: Winston, Warts and All from a Close Ally; Churchill at War 1940-45, by Lord Moran. Published by Robinson at Pounds 9.95. (Paperback)


Byline: STEVEN MOORE

FEW people got to see as much of Winston Churchill, warts and all, as his doctor, Lord Moran.

His relationship with Britain's wartime hero went well beyond the pure professional. Lord Moran was both a friend and confidant.

His memoir was originally published in 1966 and covered the years 1940- 65. This new abridged version concentrates on the war years of 1940-45 and includes extracts excluded from the first edition.

The doctor, who until created a baron in 1943 was known as Charles McMoran Wilson, had come through the First World War and winning the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme.

Despite their friendship, Lord Moran was not blind to Churchill's failings and recorded the good and the bad in an honest and open manner.

He met all the main characters of the war on the Allied side, attending conferences with Roosevelt and Stalin and meeting the top generals.

In 1942, Churchill needed a victory on the ground or he feared he would cease to be Prime Minister. He was determined to sack Claude Auchinleck, an Ulster general commanding the forces against Rommel in the desert, and detailed another Ulster general, Alanbrook, to carry out the task. …

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