WHAT WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL’S REACTION WHEN HE HEARD OF JAPAN’S ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR?
“SO WE HAD WON AFTER ALL”
From the outset of his premiership, Churchill, half American by birth, had rested his hope of ultimate victory in U.S. intervention. He had established a personal relationship with President Roosevelt that he hoped would flower into a war-winning alliance. Roosevelt’s reluctance to commit the U.S. beyond an association “short of war” did not dent his optimism. He always hoped events would work his way. The decision by Japan, Hitler’s ally, to attack the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, justified his hopes. That evening he confided to himself, “So we had won after all.”
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD PC DL FRS RA was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Born: 30 November 1874, Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom Died: 24 January 1965, Kensington, London, United Kingdom.
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