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CHURCHILL, Sir Winston S.

Original photographs of Prime Minister Churchill on board H.M.S. The Prince of Wales

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A fine series of photographs depicting Churchill with his leading military officers setting out to meet President Roosevelt for the first time - a meeting that was to bring the United States and Great Britain closer together and would help change the course of the War.

In July 1940 newly appointed Prime Minister Churchill requested help from President Roosevelt, after Britain had sustained the loss of 11 destroyers to the German Navy over a 10-day period. Roosevelt responded by exchanging 50 destroyers for 99-year leases on British bases in the Caribbean and Newfoundland. A major foreign policy debate erupted over whether the United States should aid Great Britain or maintain strict neutrality.
In the 1940 presidential election campaign Roosevelt promised to keep America out of the war. He stated, 'I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again; your boys are not going to be

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6 large (50.5 x 40.5cm approx) original photographs mounted on card of Sir Winston Churchill on board H. M. S. The Prince of Wales accompanied by the heads of the armed forces (First Sea Lord Admiral of the Fleet Dudley Pound; Chief of the Imperial Staff, Field Marshall John Dill; and Air Marshall Wilfred Freeman), one of the photographs signed beneath the lower right-hand corner by Sir Winston Churchill.


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