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Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, by Yousuf Karsh, 1943 - NPG P490(1) - © Karsh / Camera Press

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Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
19 3/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (494 mm x 394 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG P490(1)

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Artistback to top

  • Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 130 Read entry

    Most of Churchill's close colleagues during the war years recorded their impressions in some form. Alanbrooke, the military chief, admired and loved him, but vented frustrations in his diaries. Attlee, appreciative of his overall leadership, was similarly exasperated by Churchill's unsystematic approach to committee work and reliance on favoured individuals. More junior figures also left records: Sir John Colville, Churchill's private secretary, wrote a detailed and informative diary, highly rated by historians, as did Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon. Future Prime Ministers Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan reminisced in memoirs about their political godfather.

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 6

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Current affairs

The War effort continues with women recruited to the Home Guard and Ernie Bevin introducing conscription of miners as coal output continues to flag.
There is panic when a new anti aircraft weapon is heard for the first time in London and 173 people die in the crush to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station.

Art and science

Barnes Wallis's bouncing bomb is used during Operation Chastise - the Dam busters Raid - to destroy three dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. The raid was considered a success, knocking out hydroelectric power, cutting off the water supply to industry and causing devastation through flooding. The operation also, however, cost the allies many lives, and the bouncing bomb was not used again.

International

The invasion of Sicily is successful thanks to Operation Mincemeat, in which false documents were planted on the body of a dead airman to mislead Germany into thinking that the Allied target was Sardinia. The invasion led to the fall of Mussolini and Italy joining the Allies.
42,000 German civilians are killed in a firestorm in Hamburg caused by the Allied bombing in Operation Gomorrah.

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