„I do not like to hear people talking of England, Germany and Italy forming up against European communism.“

—  Winston Churchill, Letter to Charles Corbin (French Ambassador to Britain) (31 July 1936), quoted in Martin Gilbert, Prophet of Truth: Winston S. Churchill, 1922–1939 (London: Minerva, 1990), p. 782
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