chapter  5
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Wizard in the War Office

SHORTLY before noon on June 6, Lloyd George left the Ministry of Munitions to attend a meeting of the War Committee at 10 Downing Street. The war continued to go badly. Five days earlier the greatest sea battle of the war, Jutland, had ended in a draw. To the profound disappointment of the nation, the proud Grand Fleet had been unable to win a Trafalgar-like victory over the German High Seas Fleet. As Lloyd George approached the cabinet room, an agitated Bonham Carter informed him that another misfortune had befallen the nation. News had just been received that Kitchener of Khartoum, en route to Russia, had gone down with the Hampshire when it struck a mine off the Orkneys.