By JOHN HUSSEY
In late 1899, Winston Churchill was catapulted to prominence following the famous armoured train attack and his subsequent escape from a Boer prison camp. His adventures fostered long-lasting controversy. A very hostile account was written as late as 1994. This essay was first published by John Hussey in 1999. So far as he and we know, no further discoveries have been made to dispute his conclusions.
Tags: Alymer Haldane, Boer War, John Hussey, Natal, Redvers Buller, South Africa, Winston S. Churchill,
By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Lecture offers started arriving while Churchill was still in South Africa. The first was from Major J. B. Pond, an American agent, in March 1900. English offers followed. His South Africa exploits gave a ready subject: “The War as I Saw It.” Of course, speaking was only a temporary activity, to earn money for his political career, for Members of Parliament were not salaried until 1911. This became crucial after Churchill, as predicted, was elected MP for Oldham on 1 October 1900.
Tags: Archibald Rimrose, Arthur Balfour, Christopher Soames, Edward Gibson, Joseph Chamberlain, Lady Randolph Churchill, Lord Ashburne, Lord Derby, Lord Rosebery, Winston S. Churchill,
By MICHAEL RICHARDS
Winston Churchill filed a dispatch after the Battle of Omdurman, where the Dervish Army of 52,000 was obliterated. His account offers us an early insight into his appreciation for a valiant foe, and the magnanimity this noble spirit expressed throughout his life.
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Winston Churchill was famed for his prescience, though of course he liked to emphasize the predictions which turned out to be right. “I always avoid prophesying beforehand,” he said in a Cairo press conference on 1 February 1943, “because it is much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.”