Volume VI Triumph and Tragedy (1953)
Theme of the Volume How the great democracies triumphed, and so were able to resume the follies which had so nearly cost them their life
Prime Minister to Foreign Office 8 Apr 45
This war would never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria and Hungary and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite monster to crawl out of its sewer on to the vacant thrones. No doubt these views are very unfashionable. . . .
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Prime Minister to C.I.G.S. 25 Apr 45
What does the Intelligence Department of the War Office think the casualties inflicted by the Russians on the Germans actually amount to? Is it possible that they could have killed or captured ten million Germans, leaving a few for us and the Americans? Personally I think about half would meet the case.*
* The War Office estimated that the Russians had inflicted seven million casualties of the Germans.
Prime Minister to Field-Marshal Montgomery (Germany) 6 May 45
...2. Why is it necessary to put the commanding generals into prisoners of war cages? Have we no facilities for observing the ordinary distinctions of military rank pending any war charges that may be afterwards formulated against individuals?
Prime Minister to Foreign Office 14 May 45
...3. It must of course be remembered that if Doenitz is a useful tool to us that will have to be written off against his war atrocities for being in command of submarines.