chapter  20
Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech (5 March 1946)
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Winston Churchill, now Leader of the Opposition, was alarmed at the course of the Cold War and, in the presence of President Truman, called for a partnership between Great Britain and the United States to halt the Soviet colossus. Churchill was ahead of his time, however. Only a year later did his ideas become acceptable. This was not the first time that Churchill used the expression ‘Iron Curtain’. In May 1945, only three months after the Yalta conference, Churchill wrote to Truman that an ‘Iron Curtain is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind.’