- Publication date 4 September 2014
- | Paperback
- | 200pp
About Atlantic Meeting
In August 1941 Winston Churchill (1874–1965) and President Roosevelt (1882–1945) met secretly on HMS The Prince of Wales, moored just off the coast of Newfoundland.
H. V. Morton and Howard Spring (author of Fame is the Spur) were invited to accompany the Prime Minister and his entourage on this trip, which was not without its hazards. Only a handful of people knew that Churchill had left Britain and in America the press merely reported that Roosevelt was enjoying a few days’ away from Washington, fishing. The Prince of Wales set off from Scrabster on 4th August 1941 and reached her destination at Newfoundland on 9th August 1941. A routine was quickly established on board and the crew soon became used to the Prime Minister’s timetable and requirements, especially his regular film nights. Together with the Prime Minister’s bodyguard, Thompson, a number of key personnel accompanied Churchill on this mission, including Lord Beaverbrook who joined the ship by flying to Newfoundland’s Placentia Bay.
The Atlantic Treaty, whilst not achieving all that Churchill had hoped for, was a key document in the development of the war and post-war strategy. Churchill had hoped that at the resolution of the meeting America would join the war during the summer of 1941 but this was not to be. America did finally join the war in December 1941 following the Japanese attack on the US base at Pearl Harbour.
H. V. Morton’s account was not released for publication until 1943 and subsequently numerous documents have been made available at the National Archives. A new appendix lists these together with a chronology and detailed bibliographies of the key players in the discussions. Atlantic Meeting is a unique account of the events leading up to Churchill’s discussions with Roosevelt and a fascinating account of the practicalities – and occasionally humour – involved in such a perilous journey.
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