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The Big Man's Big Red Siren Suit

Churchill Museum
April 27, 2005

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When the Luftwaffe rained bombs on London, the leader of the Britons sat half drunk on Chivas in a red velvet pair of coveralls, sucking on cigars and barking out orders to field marshalls, directing wars on two fronts with pins and yarn on wall maps, deep beneath 20 feet of concrete.

Tom, Allen, Melita and I made our way over to the War Cabinet Rooms after our editors' meetings wound up to see what's left and what's been reconstructed. I remembered the red suit from a visit there many years ago, but was surprised and impressed by a new annex devoted to Churchill's life, with an amazing interactive computer table charting nearly every day in the man's time on earth.