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Sir Winston Churchill November 29, 2014

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“Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in — except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

Notice the exception to that “Never”………

The picture is of a poster at AllPosters.com.

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This is the access to the audio archives of Churchill’s war speeches http://winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/audio-archive/widgets

December 1941

“In the past wars were cruel and splendid. Now wars are cruel and sordid.”

In My Early Life Churchill says that war has become sordid because it is no longer a matter of  courage.

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“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

He said that about himself, because he had a military formation and began to do extensive reading only later, when he was already in active service in India.

He wrote to his mom to send him books to read when he thought he might make money as a writer. — The family was no longer wealthy.

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“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

But remember he risked his life many times over in defense of that same democracy.

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“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”

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This photo is under a license by Templar 1307 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/healinglight/sets/72057594062963579/

D-day: the Normandy landing.  Churchill had spent years trying to figure out how it could be done.

And it became possible under Eisenhower thanks to American industry, soldiers, and financing.

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V-day : May 8, 1945.

World War II is over, and all the people come to thank Churchill.

A little later they voted him out of office.

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Churchill with  General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery at a meeting of NATO.

The photo could for instance be called Table Manners.

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These are pictures of Blenheim where Churchill grew up:

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Blenheim library

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The Palace, the park bridge, the library;  below are little Winston and his American mother.

Churchill_aged 7 ….

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He wrote a great little autobiography . It was published in 1930, long before WWII. It is about his childhood and how he failed at school; how he joined the army and how finally he became world-famous as a war correspondent escaping from the enemy jail. For his capture there was a reward of £ 25,–:


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He climbed the prison wall, jumped down, ran for his life, followed the railway tracks, slept  underground in the company of rats, boarded a freight train, hid under the potato sacks, was thought missing,….. and made world news when he turned up and traveled  telling and selling the story until he had the money to become a Congressman.

Here he is on a lecture tour in the US:

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Churchill’s Life

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His mother was America’s famous beauty and his father the powerful though dissolute descendant of one of Britain’s greatest military commanders.

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As a kid he lived at a palace and there watched his parents’ illustrous friends and visitors the way a kid watches the big animals in a zoo, speechless with wonder at all the grandeur where he was nobody.

His father, Lord Randoph, seemed to despise him and at times let him know. He understood and accepted his insignificance and forever tried to cope with it by doing his best.

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Churchill received a military education.

When he was in the army he found out that his pay was not enough to maintain himself and his horses.

His family was extremely well connected but not wealthy.

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He wrote a book, became a war correspondent, was caught and the miracle happened:

The spectacular escape from prison made him famous. He was wanted dead or alive with £ 25,- awarded for his capture.

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He thought that  fame  might allow him to get into politics.

He ran for office and won. But at the time MPs were not salaried, and Churchill did not have the capital needed.

The sale of his book The River War and two books of war correspondence plus ten months’ salary from the Morning Post amounted to £ 4,000,- on his savings account.

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Churchill decided to go on a lecture tour to make about about £ 100,- a night.

For five months he toured all of England and many cities in the United States and Canada to tell the story of his escape.

When he had about £ 10 000,- set aside, he felt rich enough to take up his seat as a member of the British Parliament.

He led the navy in WWI and he lead his country in WWII.

He died in 1965.

When his coffin passed down the Thames , the cranes of the London docks bowed.

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Added December 24, 2010

This is the famous portrait photo taken by Karsh.

It comes with a story on a great website at http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/

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Comments»

1. rlc23 - June 5, 2009

Your presentation is one-sided and entirely based on popular stereotypes.

“Without him England was lost for a certainty, with him England has been on the verge of disaster time [and] again. . . . Never have I admired and despised a man simultaneously to the same extent.”

Alan Brooks

223remote - June 5, 2009

The fact is that extreme right hagiography has made him into “the greatest man of history”, and so logically there is a reaction from the left calling him a drunk and warmonger. Which as usual leaves out who he really was.

What Alan Brooke is that?

cantueso - July 14, 2009

Alan Brooke was Britain’s Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) and Winston Churchill’s principal military adviser and antagonist. He is commonly considered the greatest CIGS in the history of the British Army.

Churchill on Alanbrooke:
“I thump the table and push my face towards him, what does he do? Thumps the table harder and glares back at me.”

http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9716.php

2. Most Famous Names in History « F I S H I N G - November 17, 2010

[…] Homer Jesus Caesar Columbus Michelangelo Shakespeare Napoleon Churchill […]

3. Winston X - June 20, 2011

Islam is a suicide vest lashed to a child at birth and becomes a real bomb in a little over a decade.

If you would have listened about the Dardanelles, we never would have had the Bolshevik Revolution and their Red Terrors, nor would we have had the second world war… (thanks to De Roebuck, Hamilton, and Kitchener)

If you would have listened about the invention of the tank, Europe would not have sent a whole generation of their brightest young college men into the certain death of the trench warfare…

If you would have read The River War in 1899 and done something about Islam, we wouldn’t have this mess we have today…


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