Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister picnicked in Holland on the west bank of the Rhine River with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February, 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was secure, Germany artillery and snipers were a threat.
It is unclear what was served. Churchill’s favorites were ham or beef sandwiches with mustard on very thinly sliced bread. There were spirits but not for Montgomery, who once said to Churchill: “I neither drink nor smoke and am a hundred percent fit”, to which Churchill replied, “I drink and smoke and I am two hundred percent fit.” Among Churchill’s favorites was cognac, lots of it.
Featured Image: Churchill Lunching on The East Bank of The Rhine with Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke. Photograph made by No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, North West Europe 1944 – 1945. London: Imperial War Museums. Martin Gilbert captions this photo “Churchill picnics in Holland with Montgomery before a gentle boat trip into the Germany he had sworn to defeat The Rhine March 1945” in Churchill at War: His Finest Hour: in Photographs 1940-1945 (2004)
See: Martin Gilbert, Martin. Churchill at War: His “Finest Hour: In Photographs 1940-1945. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004; Cita Stelzer. Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table. London: Short Books Ltd., 2011