Let us go forward together - British WW2 propaganda poster
One of the most famous examples of British propaganda. The "national father" Sir Winston Churchill, poses together with RAF and advancing tanks.
Winston Churchill was arguably one of the most able and impressive statesmen in British history. He was a great man that achieved much in his lifetime, and is perhaps most famously known for steering Britain through the Second World War; however, he was also an accomplished writer, historian, and war correspondent. Churchill is particularly remembered for his speaking skills, courage, and wit.
Early Life and Career
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on Nov 30, 1874, at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. He went to school at Harrow, where his lack of success at studying prompted his father to send him into the military. Consequently, Churchill entered the prestigious Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1893. Two years later, in 1895, the same year his father died, Winston entered the 4th Hussars. As a soldier and war correspondent, Churchill travelled the world. He reported on the Spanish-American war in Cuba; India in 1896; and the Second Boer War in South Africa, in 1899. After being captured and escaping from a Boer prisoner camp, Churchill left the army and entered politics.
Post-1900 and World War I
Churchill won his seat in Oldham in 1900 as a Tory candidate. Over policy disagreement, he later left to join the Liberal Party in 1904, and became MP for Manchester North-West in 1906. Although from a wealthy family, Churchill's lifestyle was expensive, and so he generated extra income from writing and lecturing. In 1908 he married his wife, Clementine Hozier. They had five children together: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold, and Mary. Marigold tragically died in infancy.
When war broke out in September 1914, Churchill was already First Lord of the Admiralty, yet he stepped down in 1915 over the Dardanelles campaign fiasco (Gallipoli). He then returned to the army and fought in France for several months as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Then, in July 1917, he was made Minister for Munitions, in which he notably pioneered the use of the tank. Following the War he was made head of the War Office. Here, he used to position to organise foreign intervention against the communist revolution in Russia.
World War II
The 1930s are referred to as Churchill's “wilderness years." In this time Churchill was unpopular and distrusted by Parliament. In this time he stressed the need to expand the Royal Air Force and warned of the growing menace of Germany. When war broke out on September 3, 1939 Churchill was again made First Lord of the Admiralty. Upon becoming Prime Minister in May 1940 – following Chamberlain's resignation – Churchill declared that there was only one aim: “Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror; victory, however long and hard the road may be."
During the war Churchill worked tirelessly for the cause, visiting coastal defences, flight headquarters, the Home Guard, and victims of bombings. It was in this period that Churchill fostered a special relationship with President Roosevelt, bringing the two countries together. As the war entered its final stages, Churchill desperately attempted to limit Russian expansion, anticipating the post-war problems of the Cold War.
Surprisingly, the end of the war saw Churchill voted out of office. The British public evidently desired the reform program of Labour over the man who had led the nation through its “darkest hour."
Following the war, Churchill continued as the lively leader of the opposition. Then, in 1951, he became Prime Minister once again. During this time he cemented Britain's place alongside America and the Commonwealth, rather than Europe. In 1953, he won the Nobel Prize for literature and received the Order of the Garter knighthood. The Nobel Prize was awarded for all his literary work, although in particular for his six-volume set entitled, “The Second World War".
Due to deteriorating health, he resigned as Prime Minster in 1955, although continued to serve as an MP. During this time he was also less resilient to the “black dog" of depression which he had fought his whole life. Following a severe stroke, Churchill died on January 24, 1965. He was buried at St Martin's Church, Bladon.
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