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Churchill’s Darkest Decision

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This is the story of a moment in the Second World War that is not taught in British schools.

The British still celebrate the legend of 1940. In this familiar story Britain stands alone, facing the Nazi war machine. Winston Churchill spits defiance and the RAF defies the mighty Luftwaffe, forcing Hitler to abandon his plans to invade. But there's another important British victory in 1940, and it’s a lot less glorious. It comes when the Royal Navy kills 1250 enemy sailors. Not German sailors, but French ones. Some call it a war crime. Churchill calls it a turning point. Aimed at 2010, the 70th anniversary of the terrible events it portrays, this is the story of the dirty secret of Britain’s Finest Hour.

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