T Stokes – March 5, 2012
“We tend to think of the truth movement as something modern, but an amazing piece of graffiti discovered only days ago, has shocked historians and is expected by memorabilia collectors to fetch a high price at auction.
Although don’t expect the sale to be too widely publicised, if only because the graffiti defies so many modern stereotypes about World War II.
The Bishops palace at Ely cathedral had some floorboards taken up during recent renovations, which were originally laid during 1941-42. This revealed graffiti dating back to WWII and the foreman thankfully realising the importance of the find, took it straight to management for safe keeping.
The find was authenticated by David and Roger Collier and Jeffrey Solomons, as being of the right age and style and the right black pencil for the period, and the fact that the boards had not been up since the 1940s only underlined its authenticity.
The graffiti shows a wartime soldier turning his back on Churchill while muttering:
“hmmm you warmonger Churchill” and underneath the words: ” Drink and Smoke while we die”, while over Churchill’s head are the words: ” You stinkweed churchill you C**t “
“Stinkweed” was the wartime nickname given by Lord Halifax, for Churchill while he was drunk was reputed to shit his pants. His secretary John Colville, who even had a special quick release jump suit made like a babies pair of rompers, is on record as saying: “strange to think a babies jumpsuit may have helped us win the war, by helping our leader not sh*t himself”
A well-drawn Spitfire with RAF markings on the wings is also depicted, and is shown machine-gunning a mother with two small children standing near a German flag. This could be seen as an illustration of events in cities like Dresden or Hamburg, where Allied aircraft were reputedly ordered to target civilians amid the ruins.
This colossal war crime was conveniently overlooked at the Nuremberg trials.
The fact that the wartime graffiti was found in Ely cathedral is also significant because the agricultural area around it, in East Anglia, was home for many poorly paid farm workers who were envious of the high standards of living in Hitler’s Germany. This sentiment even extended to the Queen’s estate workers at nearby Sandringham, where there was an tacit unwillingness to embark on another war against fellow Anglo Saxons.
Churchill was even reported to have sent informers to mix with the locals because the German bombing in the nearby Norwich docks area was so accurate, it was thought that farm hands were signalling to German aircraft with torches; or giving directions using tractor wheel ruts in the ground.
Whether true or not the full hatred of Churchill is illustrated in the graffiti with the star of David emphasising the belief among many that Churchill was in the pay of the bankers evicted from Germany, and this is partly why with his initials W.C he was known as the “shithouse”.
Footnote: The Norfolk landowner Sir Andrew Fountaine stood for parliament after the war on a right wing ticket with a commitment that he would give all his estate workers economic parity with their German counterparts. He won the election but a fraudulent vote count gave the election to the Labour candidate by 5 votes.
The famous Churchill impersonator Norman Shelley who actually used to appear as Churchill when he was too drunk to appear in public used to joke:”
“We will fight them on the beeches
You will I won’t
We shall fight them on the land
You will I won’t
We shall fight them in the air
You will I won’t
And when it’s all over we shall smoke expensive cigars and drink champagne
You won’t I will”
T Stokes London