Donald R. McClarey

Two Great Men

“Be a Man so honorable that even your enemies mourn your death”. When WWII ended my grandfather was 17 years old……we are Germans by the way…..he was fighting on the Eastrn Front and got sentenced to 5 years work in

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Donald R. McClarey

Battle of Agincourt

  At the last moment Henry sought to avoid so desperate a battle. Heralds passed to and fro. He offered to yield Harfleur and all his prisoners in return for an open road to Calais. The French prince replied that

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Donald R. McClarey

One of the Last of the Few

      ‘Here’s a Spitfire – fly it, and if you break it there will be bloody hell to pay’.” Geoffrey Wellum   Geoffrey Wellum has died at age 97.  He had the distinction of being the youngest British

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Donald R. McClarey

Winston Churchill: July 4, 1918

A speech given by the half-American Winston Churchill at a celebration of the Fourth of July at the city of Westminster, England on July 4, 1918:   We are, as the Chairman has stated, met here to-day in the City

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Donald R. McClarey

June 4, 1940

May it not also be that the cause of civilization itself will be defended by the skill and devotion of a few thousand airmen? There never has been, I suppose, in all the world, in all the history of war,

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Donald R. McClarey

Ah, the Germans Again

Once all the Germans were warlike and mean, But that couldn’t happen again. We taught them a lesson in 1918 And they’ve hardly bothered us since then. Tom Lehrer, The MLF Lullaby       My favorite living historian, Victor

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Donald R. McClarey

Roosevelt and Churchill: Parallel Lives

“I dislike the father and dislike the son, so I may be prejudiced.  Still, I feel that, while the biographer and his subject possess some real farsightedness…both possess or possessed such levity, lack of sobriety, lack of permanent principle, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Orson Welles on Churchill

  Ah, for the halcyon days of my youth when talk shows did not always consist of mindless chatter about sex, bleeped F-Bombs from some non-educated “celebrity” or stale, politicized tripe.  I have always been somewhat skeptical about evolution, but

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Donald R. McClarey

Darkest Hour: A Review

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go

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Donald R. McClarey

Films as Necromancy

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of

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Donald R. McClarey

Darkest Hour

        You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war

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Divisions

This event I believe occurred at the Fourth Moscow Conference in 1944:   In 1944, at a time when the Soviet Union bore the brunt of the struggle against Nazi Germany, it was important to convince Stalin that the Western

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Requiescat In Pace: Robert Hardy

As the war raged on I studied English at Oxford University, but my education was interrupted by my joining the RAF to train as a pilot. It was there that I got to meet Richard Burton – a navigator in

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Dunkirk: A Review

    My son and I saw Dunkirk (2017) yesterday.  I was looking forward to seeing it, but I am afraid I found it disappointing overall.   My review is below the fold, and the usual caveat as to spoilers is

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Dunkirk

  The film is getting magnificent reviews and I will be seeing it on the last Friday of the month with a full review to follow.  Operation Dynamo, the transport of British and French troops from surrounded Dunkirk, was a

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Saints of Lent: Cardinal John Fisher

  Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? Where are now the innumerable company and power of Xerxes and Caesar? Where are the

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Winston Churchill: July 4, 1918

A speech given by the half-American Winston Churchill at a celebration of the Fourth of July at the city of Westminster, England on July 4, 1918: We are, as the Chairman has stated, met here to-day in the City of

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Winston Churchill

The salvation of the common people of every race and of every land from war or servitude must be established on solid foundations and must be guarded by the readiness of all men and women to die rather than submit

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January 30, 1965: Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill

  Lead out the pageant: sad and slow, As fits an universal woe, Let the long long procession go, And let the sorrowing crowd about it grow, And let the mournful martial music blow; The last great Englishman is low.

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Captain of the Gate

  Our homeschool readers might like to consider having their kids memorize this poem by Thomas Babington Macaulay.  Much that is great in Western Civilization, or was great in Western Civilization when the poem was being routinely taught to school kids, is contained in it:

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Sir Martin Gilbert: Requiescat in Pace

    Sad news today.  The great biographer of Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert, has died: “ROME — Sir Martin Gilbert, a widely respected British-Jewish historian who strongly defended the wartime record of Venerable Pope Pius XII, died Tuesday at the

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Churchill: The Indispensable Man

Gentlemen, you will never make peace with Napoleon! Napoleon cannot be master of the world until he has smashed us up, and believe me, gentlemen, he means to be master of the world! You cannot make peace with dictators. You

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Churchill Tribute

Lead out the pageant: sad and slow,  As fits an universal woe,  Let the long long procession go,         And let the sorrowing crowd about it grow,  And let the mournful martial music blow;  The last great Englishman is low. Alfred,

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The Old World in its Sunset Was Fair to See

    Like many others, I often summon up in my memory the impression of those July days.  The world on the verge of its catastrophe was very brilliant.  Nations and Empires crowned with princes and potentates rose majestically on

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Winston Churchill

    In this week in which we observe the 70th anniversary of D-Day it is appropriate to recall these words of the greatest statesman of the last century, Winston Churchill.  He spoke these words in 1949 at MIT and I

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Appeasement Back in Fashion

I do not grudge our loyal, brave people, who were ready to do their duty no matter what the cost, who never flinched under the strain of last week – I do not grudge them the natural, spontaneous outburst of

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