FDR and Churchill as War Leaders: A Look Back on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

A special event commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, featuring Allen Packwood and Nigel Hamilton at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, New York.

The discussion focused on the war leadership of FDR and Churchill, offering new insights into their military decisions, the strengths and weaknesses of both men and how their special relationship developed and endured — when they agreed and when they were at odds. The conversation paid particular attention to their preparations for the invasion of Western Europe and the opening of the second front against Nazi Germany.

Part of the Tina Santi Flaherty-Winston Churchill Literary Series.

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Allen Packwood

Allen Packwood is the Director of Churchill Archives Centre & Fellow of Churchill College. Allen has worked at the Centre since 1995 and was appointed Director in 2002. He was co-curator of Churchill and the Great Republic at the Library of Congress (2004) curated a Churchill exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York in 2012.

Nigel Hamilton

Nigel Hamilton is a Senior Fellow at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston and first president of the Biographers International Organization (BIO). His new book: The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942, to be published in May 2014, is the first of two books about FDR as war leader. Nigel has also written biographies of John F. Kennedy, General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery, and Bill Clinton, among other subjects.

Moderated by: Andrew Polsky, Acting Ruth and Harold Newman Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, Hunter College.

The views expressed are the views of the speakers and contributors alone, and are not endorsed or otherwise by Churchill College in any way whatsoever.

Image: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill in Quebec, Canada. Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia