Winston Churchill

The salvation of the common people of every race and of every land from war or servitude must be established on solid foundations and must be guarded by the readiness of all men and women to die rather than submit to tyranny.

Winston Churchill, September 19, 1946

I can never view the above scene from the movie Into the Storm (2009) without choking up.  The movie relates Winston Churchill’s time as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II.  The anniversary of D-Day caused me to think of the man who will always be associated with Allied victory in that conflict   The half-American Churchill did more than any other single man to consign Hitler and his grisly gang of murderous thugs to the pages of history, and to have Hitler’s vaunted thousand year Reich die at twelve years in ashes and total defeat.  He kept his country going until America intervened after Pearl Harbor, a time when victory seemed all but hopeless.  However, Churchill remained confident that, as he had warned a Nazi official in the thirties, if need be Britain would lead the world against them to bring down their tyranny.

His apogee of course was during VE Day.  Hailed by his countrymen as the man who won the War, he told them that they had won the War, along with their Allies, and it had merely been his privilege to voice the roar of the British lion.

Then the British electorate promptly tossed him from power in the first post war elections in July of 1945.  Such is politics. 

 

He would be back in power from 1951-1955, but it will always be for his magnificent performance in the darkest days of World War II that he will be remembered by his nation, and by all who cherish liberty.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on June 9, 2016 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. The British people did not eject Churchill. Churchill did very well in his own seat, and his allies in the Tory Party did not suffer greatly either. They ejected the Tory Party, of which Churchill was at best a semi-detached member, and they did so because they wanted the reforms that the Labour Party offered – and delivered. And don’t forget that there had been no real general election in Britain since 1935 – which the Tories had won by making the most reckless pacifist promises. The country had changed so much, even apart from the war, that a different government was almost an inevitability.

    • After so much time in power Fabio I agree that it was practically inevitable that the Tories were going to lose the election. Churchill thought they would win, but throughout his career he tended to overestimate the utility of foreign policy success in elections. Domestic issues almost always trump foreign policy concerns in the wake of a victorious war.


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