It’s November 1943. The Allies are progressing through Italy, although inclement weather and German intransigence have been slowing the advance. The Russians have jubilantly re-taken Kiev, cornerstone of Kievan Rus’ and the old empire. British and American air raids have been causing damage to German cities such as Hanover, Kassel, and Leipzig. Prime Minister Churchill is calling regular early evening meetings of his War Cabinet and the Cabinet Secretary Sir Edward Bridges is on his iPad in the corner, tweeting proceedings to followers of the Cabinet.
Ok, the situation in the Cabinet meeting room may not have been exactly like that but by reviving the @ukwarcabinet Twitter feed we are attempting to relate the Cabinet discussions in a similar way. By presenting the discussions of the War Cabinet as a series of tweets, 70 years to the day after those discussions took place, we hope to engage followers with the Cabinet’s decision making and present a narrative of the Second World War as seen through the eyes of those at the top of the British Government. Continue reading »