Winston Churchill's cigar bills and draft war speeches put online





Drafts of wartime speeches are among almost a million archived documents relating to former British prime minister Winston Churchill that have been digitised.

Other documents that have been made available online for university libraries, public libraries and schools to access include school reports and personal correspondence with family members and other leaders.

Receipts of purchases and cigar invoices are also available. Within the documents, there are references to Churchill's love of brandy, and warnings from MI5 that gifts of Cuban cigars could contain poison or explosives. Churchill also makes reference to coalition governments, suggesting that they may be required in "exceptional times"....



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