KNOXVILLE, TN – Jan. 14, 2020 – Historian Rachel Yarnell Thompson will discuss the friendship of George C Marshall and Winston S. Churchill, two 20th-century leaders, forged during world war and one that had mutual respect, despite seemingly polar opposite personalities. The lecture takes place noon Jan. 24 at the East Tennessee History Center.
Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch. Soft drinks are available.
During World War II, Prime Minister Churchill and U.S. Army Chief of Staff Marshall were engaged as key players in a dozen wartime conferences that built the Anglo-American alliance and shaped the strategies that led to victory. The presentation will focus on a series of letters exchanged between the two leaders beginning early in the war, and continuing through Marshall’s death in 1959. The letters run the gamut from details of the invasion of Normandy to congratulatory messages for honors won. Archival photographs will be included in this presentation.
General George C. Marshall played a crucial role in the history of the 20th Century. Serving as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, Marshall led American forces to victory. As Secretary of State, he helped conceive and implement the Marshall Plan, perhaps the most enlightened government program of modern times. Finally, he served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War. This Nobel Laureate was not only an important leader, but also a virtuous man.
Rachel Yarnell Thompson is the Historian at the museum home of George C. Marshall in Leesburg, Virginia. She is the author of a biography of this famous soldier-statesman, “Marshall—A Statesman Shaped in the Crucible of War,” and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic.
Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the lecture.
The lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and sponsored by the Harriet Z. and Bud Albers Memorial Fund.
For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.EastTNHistory.org.
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