Winston Churchill’s Touching Tribute To Neville Chamberlain.

by Daniel Russ on July 23, 2011

Neville Chambelain

There is perhaps no character more vilified than the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who signed the Munich Accords with the Nazi High Command. His intentions were pure, and no one at the time knew that Hitler was using this as a ruse simply to buy time before he attacked everyone. Hell Stalin was blindside by Hitler when the Fürher put millions of soldiers and weapons over the Russian border during Barbarossa. This was after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non Aggression Pact was signed.

 

Chamberlain became the whipping boy for the right wing nut cases because he was an appeaser. Of course they forget how we coddled and did business withover Saddam, Mubarak, the entire House of Saud, the lot of them are loathsome, dictatorial oligarchs who rob their own people when they’re not torturing them.

 

At the end of the day, Churchill made his peace with Chamberlain in this touching tome.

“At the lychgate we may all pass our own conduct and our own judgments under a searching review. It is not given to human beings, happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable, to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.

What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honour.

It fell to Neville Chamberlain in one of the supreme crises of the world to be contradicted by events, to be disappointed in his hopes, and to be deceived and cheated by a wicked man. But what were these hopes in which he was disappointed? What were these wishes in which he was frustrated? What was that faith that was abused? They were surely among the most noble and benevolent instincts of the human heart – the love of peace, the toil for peace, the strife for peace, the pursuit of peace, even at great peril, and certainly to the utter disdain of popularity or clamour. Whatever else history may or may not say about these terrible, tremendous years, we can be sure that Neville Chamberlain acted with perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority, which were powerful, to save the world from the awful, devastating struggle in which we are now engaged. This alone will stand him in good stead as far as what is called the verdict of history is concerned… Herr Hitler protests with frantic words and gestures that he has only desired peace. What do these ravings and outpourings count before the silence of Neville Chamberlain’s tomb”

-Winston Churchill

 

Winston Churchill, wearing leather earguards, is watching gunnery practice on board HMS RENOWN whilst he was returning from Canada (National Archives).

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Louis September 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

And Chamberlain was also playing the waiting game, willingly or not. He knew the Empire was not yet ready for war, so he tried to buy time, and he did, if only for a few months. But in those months the Spitfire became operational and the Chain Home Radars were build and tested.

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