It was as result of this confusion that Charles Carlyle Wood was engaged to assist with the later volumes and revised editions. Wood was a retired proof reader with "a ruthless eye for misprints and inconsistencies" (David Reynolds, In Command of History (2004), p.149) who had worked on Churchill's Marlborough in the 1930s, and soon the assiduous efforts of his green pen became known within Churchill's literary entourage as "wooding".
Wood began work on the published edition of The Gathering Storm early in 1949, and many of his suggested corrections - which include corrections of facts, changes to wordings and the movement of the folding map - were incorporated into the later editions. Whilst Wood writes in a blue, black, or green ink, another hand, using red ink, has subsequently accepted, amended or deleted these notes. IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT THESE ARE IN THE HAND OF CHURCHILL HIMSELF. One such example in the first chapter is initialled "WSC".
A few other hands are also are occasionally seen, including one occasionally adding rather censorious comments questioning Churchill's accuracy. On a preliminary blank or the half-title of each book, Wood meticulously recorded his treatment of the volume. From these notes, it is clear that the first four were his working copies, the troublesome first volume having by far the most corrections. The third and fourth volume both are marked as "Examined. No corrections marked herein", although Wood later revisited the fourth volume in September 1956, adding corrections at pp.667-669. Clearly he suffered from the same compulsion as the author to continually revisit the writing. The final two volumes are noted as "Lent from No. 28 12.9.56", and have no further manuscript content.
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