TIL Winston Churchill was rather fond of chemical warfare: “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas… I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum.”

Read more: https://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/churchills-1919-war-office-memorandum.html

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  1. Full memorandum:
    > “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas.
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    > I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.”

  2. Churchill was a part of the planning that led to the disastrous results from the battles of the Dardanelles and at Gallipoli in WW1.

    His military prowess was only granted to him after WW2, but he was definitely a hit or miss leader militarily. I guess it depends on which side of the coffin you are on if you think he was good enough.

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