100-yr-old letter exposes tension between Churchill and Lord Kitchener
A rare letter sent by Army Chief Lord Kitchener to Winston Churchill, begging for more ammunition, has hinted at tension in Britain's leadership during the First World War.
In the letter, the Secretary of State for War had begged the First Lord of the Admiralty, who had 10 million rounds of ammunition at his disposal, for ammunition but Churchill replied to it with a blunt "no, no, no", the Daily Express has revealed.
The 100-years-old letter, which was written on August 27 after the British and Belgian forces were pushed back to Antwerp by the German army, exposes how ill-prepared the nation was for war and the bad-blood between the two men in charge of Britain's military movements.
In the letter, Kitchener had mentioned that the British army was in dire straits at the time and had a lack of resources, particularly ammunition, but Churchill didn't budge at the shuddering thought and declined to supply ammunition.
(Posted on 27-08-2014)