Winston Churchill, a Man of All Seasons
|Official portrait of Winston Churchill.|
Churchill also won the Nobel Prize in Literature. And he's legendary despite the fact nobody really remembers or cares about either of those two facts.
|Jennie Jerome, Winston's American mother, when Winston was a lad.|
|Churchill at the beach in the swimsuit of the time.|
|With Kaiser Wilhelm II, on maneuvers in 1909.|
|Winston and daughter Mary watching measures to combat flying bombs in the south of England in June 1944, shortly after D-Day.|
|Churchill as a war correspondent in 1899.|
|"Churchill with his flying machine at the Central Flying School at Upavon on Salisbury Plain, May 1914."|
|Churchill holding an M128 Thompson, 1940.|
"If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons."
|Young Winston Churchill, 1895.|
|Another picture of Churchill as a subaltern, 1895.|
|Winston in 1899, complete with mustache.|
|Churchill as he was.|
|Churchill as he wanted to be seen.|
A few of Churchill's epic and best-remembered quotes from World War II:
"[W]e shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."And
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour'."and
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," about the Royal Air Force.
Churchill's biggest worry wasn't the Luftwaffe, though. Instead, and contrary to what generally is believed, the biggest threat to Great Britain was the German Navy, the Kriegsmarine. German U-Boats remained a thorn in Churchill's side well after other elements of the German threat had faded away, and he alone knew just how close Hitler came to starving the country into submission. It was a very close call. United States trade, assistance, and intervention made all the difference, or else Hitler likely would have won. Churchill having an American mother was quite handy.
|With Canadian Prime Minister Borden in 1912.|
|Winston during the siege of Sydney Street Police House, 1911.|
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere.
|Testing a Thompson sub-machine gun, 1940|
|Churchill with General Eisenhower, 1944|
|The "Big Three" at Tehran, 1943.|
|Churchill reviewing the troops, 1945.|
|After being released from the hospital, August 21 1963.|
|Churchill at his estate, 1951|