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Winston Churchill is famous for enjoying politics, tobacco, journalism and a good fight. And it seems he had his first experience in the last three things in Cuba.
The December 6, 1895, The New York Times reported that Churchill was one of the two British lieutenants of the Spanish forces fighting the Cuban revolutionaries in the war for the independence of the island. The man who would end up being Britain Prime Minister had official accreditation as a military observer, but really made moonlighting, because he also served as a war correspondent for The Daily Graphic.
As announced in this Times notice, Churchill eventually became news, because according to the report, his "courageous conduct" was praised after being attacked the column to which he belonged by the combined troops of Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez. This operation took place on December 2, 1895.


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