With Winston Churchill at the Front

Winston on the Western Front 1916

Andrew Dewar Gibb

* Churchill as a battalion commander on the Western Front

* Little-known aspect of Churchill's life revealed by a fellow officer

* Churchill shown to be a fearless but compassionate battalion commander

* Packed with amusing anecdotes and wonderful stories about Churchill

* Completed with a visitors' guide to the battlefield where Churchill serv
Date Published :
December 2021
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
Central 8-page plate section
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399082341
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Following his resignation from the Government after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, Winston Churchill’s political career stalled. Never one to give in, Churchill was determined to continue fighting the enemy.

He was already a Major in the Territorial Reserve and he was offered promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and with it command of a battalion on the Western Front. On 5 January 1916, Churchill took up his new post with the 6th (Service) Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. The battalion’s adjutant was Captain Alexander Dewar Gibb who formed a close relationship with Churchill that lasted far beyond their few weeks together in the war.

Dewar Gibb subsequently wrote an account of his and Churchill’s time together in the trenches. Packed with amusing anecdotes and fascinating detail, Gibb’s story shows an entirely different side to Churchill’s character from the forceful public figure normally presented to the world.

Churchill proved to be a caring and compassionate commander and utterly fearless. Despised on his arrival, by the time he departed he was adored by his men.
Supplemented with many of Churchill’s letters, the observations of other officers and additional narrative this is the most unusual and absorbing account of this part of Churchill's life that has ever been told.

About The Author

Following graduation, Gibb became a member of the Scottish Bar in 1914. During his service with the Royal Scots he reached the rank of Major. After the war he continued with his legal career. Andrew Dewar Gibb was also a founder member and leader of the Scottish National Party. He died in Glasgow on 24 January 1974 aged eighty-five.


"...a good book for anyone interested in Churchill, and also for those who might want to learn more about command at the front during the Great War."

- The NYMAS Review

"This is a view of Churchill different from every episode in his memorable life."

- Roads to the Great War

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