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Finest Hour 185, Third Quarter 2019

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LONDON—I read with great interest Fred Glueckstein’s excellent article “Watching Winston: Churchill and His Personal Bodyguards” in FH 183. Inspector Walter Thompson was my great uncle, and he left me 700 pages of his secret notes as well as his literary estate when he died. He was a fascinating character and would enchant us every weekend with stories of his time as a Special Branch Officer. I used Walter’s papers to write Beside the Bulldog for Apollo Publishing in 2003. This book contains less than 1% of Walter’s fantastic life with Churchill; for instance, there were thirteen assassination attempts on Churchill’s life during Walter’s service—some of these facts have still not been made public. More recently, I have written Walter’s compelling story into a TV drama series and hope to find a production company to take on the script.—Linda Stoker (Smith)

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NASHVILLE—Heartiest congratulations on “Churchill’s Monarchs.” The magazine keeps getting better and better! This one was so unusual that it deserves a separate trophy case.
—Richard H. Knight

CAPE TOWN—Warm greetings from South Africa! Thank you so much for the fantastic copy of Finest Hour. Winston Churchill is my hero from history so I am very grateful.
—James Capstick-Dale

James is eight years old and has already given two public speeches about Churchill, which he delivered in English, French, isiXhosa and Afrikaans. Both of his grandfathers served in the Second World War, one in the Tank Corps and one in the RAF.

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