Concurrently, Cartland served in the British Army. By 1940, he had attained the rank of major. He was shot and killed during the retreat from Dunkirk, although his family did not learn his fate until the following year.
His elder sister was the British author Barbara Cartland (1901-2000).
Ronald Cartland in The War That Came EarlyEdit
MP Ronald Cartland was a supporter of War Minister Winston Churchill and opposed the Chamberlain government's talks with Rudolf Hess to enter into an alliance with Germany in 1940. After Churchill was killed in an accident, the alliance was successfully concluded, and Britain and France joined Germany in its war against the Soviet Union. Disillusioned, Cartland left the army, and formed a small group of MPs who opposed Chamberlain, including Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, and Viscount Cranborne, among others. This group was soon joined by Sgt. Alistair Walsh, the man who'd taken Rudolf Hess into custody.
In the fall of 1940, Chamberlain was succeeded by Horace Wilson, who began a program of spying on his potential enemies. Cartland's colleagues soon grew alarmed by this, and as 1940 passed into 1941, Cartland and Walsh were openly considering whether or not a coup would be necessary.
To this end, Walsh spoke to General Archibald Wavell in the early months of 1941 about possible military intervention in the government. Wavell was non-commital at this point, a fact that disgusted Cartland, although Walsh was quick to point out Wavell had not turned Walsh in. Wilson soon went too far, however, arresting political enemies, including Walsh. The military acted, arresting Wilson and his Cabinet. Cartland became part of the new government, as an army captain, rather than an MP.
- ↑ The Big Switch, pg. 212.
- ↑ Ibid., pg 341.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 342.
- ↑ Ibid., pgs. 410-11.
- ↑ Coup d'Etat, pgs. 91-94, HC.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 94.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 134.
- ↑ Ibid., pgs. 153-154.
- ↑ Ibid., pg. 188.
- ↑ Ibid., pgs. 309-312.
|Political offices (OTL)|
Lionel Beaumont Thomas
|Member of Parliament for Birmingham King's Norton|
1935 – 1940
| Succeeded by|
Basil Arthur John Peto