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157 Churchill and Portal had little difficulty forming a relationship that included a corresponding admiration and affection for each other, in which no serious disagreement, professional or otherwise, ever occurred. 158 On one occasion, when Portal violently disagreed with Churchill, he apologized. '159 Brooke, promoted to CIGS after an exhausted Dill was relieved in November 1941, reassessed his relationships between the COS Committee and Churchill as prime minister and minister of defence, recognizing that the best method of getting along with him was to give way on non-essentials.

7 9 Churchill added a metaphorical variation to his original theme. The Prime Minister's nineteenth-century Romanticism described the relationship as a Grand Alliance, which he compared favorably with that of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria. '81 Nevertheless, he repeatedly returned to his favorite theme, marriage with all its vicissitudes. 82 Churchill's stratagem is poignant because the Foreign Office and the British Embassy in Washington were fighting rearguard actions in defence of position and prestige which was no longer supported by requisite power.

120 Although King could lay claim to the above, his personality did little to facilitate negotiations. When they met in Washington in 1942, British Admiral A. B. Cunningham believed King to be, ... a man of immense capacity and ability, quite ruthless in his methods, he was not an easy person to get on with. He was tough and liked to be considered tough, and at times became rude and overbearing ... He was offensive and I told him what I thought of his method of advancing allied unity and amity ...

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