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6 December 2013
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Typed letter signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), to General [J. E. Edmonds], Chartwell, 4 August 1926. 1 page, 4to, Chartwell stationery.
THE SOMME AND BARON FREYBERG'S HEROICS occupy this letter to an Army staff historian, proposing revisions to Churchill's account of the campaign for his history of The World Crisis. He feels he needs to make more of two engagements late in the campaign, on September 25 and November. "September 25 was, I believe, a very large battle with fifteen or sixteen divisions employed, and with considerable success to us...The fighting of November 13 on the Ancre was the attack of the Naval Division in which I am especially interested and to which I could devote half a page." He mentions the Victoria Cross awarded to Bernard (later Baron) Freyberg for his exploits during the capture of Beaucourt-sur-Ancre, where Freyberg took two lines of German trenches, held them a night and a day, and sustained four wounds before being relieved. "I know a good deal about Freyberg's V.C.," Churchill writes, "and the wonderful way in which his battalion was conducted on this occasion." Freyberg would further distinguish himself in the Second World War at Crete, El Alamein, and Cassino.
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