MONUMENTAL sentiments


Christopher Joll examines the naming conventions on the statues of some of Britain’s iconic military figures, and the importance of their plinths in representing more than their achievements

On the plinth of Field Marshal Viscount Alanbrooke’s statue (located on London’s Whitehall)are the words ‘Master of Strategy’. As chairman of the Chiefs of Staff committee, Alanbrooke was Churchill’s closest military adviser during World War Two, so the words are entirely appropriate. However, their presence raises an interesting question: are endorsements, sentiments, quotes, comments or nicknames the exception or the norm when it comes to military monuments?

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