GREAT BRITAIN: Churchill and Bevin under Fire

So long as his nation wins battles, a nation's wartime leader can usually face down any sort of home opposition. It is different when battles are regularly lost. Last week it was fast becoming different for Winston Churchill.

Largely by means of sheer eloquence, Churchill had been able to keep most Britons' devotion in the face of Narvik, Dunkirk, the Luftwaffe, Libya, Greece—and to quell general fears that Britain's wartime productivity was far short of what it should and might be. But last week, with Crete added to the somber list of defeats,...

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