GREAT BRITAIN: What Price Glory?

Down through the centuries, Britain has delighted to honor its victorious commanders with money and peerages. The Duke of Wellington and Winston Churchill's armored ancestor, the Duke of Marlborough, collected spectacular titles, estates and cash fortunes for their exploits. After World War I, Field Marshal Haig and Admiral of the Fleet Beatty received earldoms and £100,000 apiece.

Last week Socialist Clement Attlee broke the precedent. Announcing to the House of Commons that Britain's World War II commanders would get no money rewards, he said: "It would not be in the spirit of...