Thursday, May 22, 2008

Churchill On HMS Prince of Wales

Churchill On HMS Prince of Wales
5x7 inches
Oil on Masonite

Winston Churchill on board HMS Prince of Wales, in August, 1941. England had been at war with Germany for two years, enduring the nightly bombing raids and threat of invasion from German troops, when Churchill, and President Franklin Roosevelt secretly met in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, to discuss the Atlantic Charter, . Both men set up elaborate ruses, to make people believe they were home in Washington and London. The Prince of Wales, a new battleship, dodged U-Boats across the Atlantic to make the historic meeting. Four months later, Dec. 10, 1941, (three days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the US entrance into the war) HMS Prince of Wales was sunk near Singapore by Japanese aircraft, with 512 crew members perishing.

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