27 August 2009

Colonel Warden Returns

On this day in 1943, Winston Churchill, along with 15,116 American troops, set out from New York to Gourock, Scotland, aboard the R.M.S. Queen Mary. Churchill had arrived in the United States in May, also aboard the Mary, at which time the ship's main deck had been transformed into a series of offices for his delegation. When a passenger, Churchill used the code name, "Colonel Warden," and it was in his shipboard suite that he first laid out the plans for D-day.

Queen Mary website
Queen Mary by James Steele

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