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

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
The 1930s

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