GREAT BRITAIN: Dizzy Eminence

He was a great leader to have during the blitz. His personality was all roast beef and there was something of the thick British fog in the voice that uttered the inspiring words. When Winston Churchill donned his flat-topped bowler and walked among the bomb craters, the people felt that they were seeing the very image of a modern, improved, but deeply traditional and indomitable John Bull. His crusty vigor also suggested the coat of mail of a new St. George, fronting the snorting dragon, Hitler ("that wicked man").

The blitz failed to conquer Britain, but the Government was criticized for...

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