World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: A Soldier's Death

When Winston Churchill uttered his defiant "We shall fight on the beaches . . . in the fields and in the streets," he knew the man to back his words with armed men. It was eagle-faced, gentle-eyed General Sir John Greer Dill, recalled from France, who had become Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

Ulsterman Dill, a man (said other British officers) who was always "buttoned up," refitted Britain's tattered Army, carried on with silent, machinelike precision as C.I.G.S. Then when he reached-retirement age (60), he applied his rule to himself, and accepted a less important duty in India.

But Soldier...

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