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Churchill: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA (Knight of the Garter, Order of Merit, Companion of Honor, Territorial Decoration, Deputy Lieutenant, Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academian) was a British politician. He was prime minister of the United Kingdom during most of World War II (1940-1945) and again from 1951-1955. His impact on World War II was almost immeasurably huge. He did after all lead the people of Great Britain against the Nazis, without him the Nazis would have been much harder to defeat, not only would Great Britain most likely have been knocked out of the war, the Nazis would have then been able to focus all their attention on the Soviets, which ...view middle of the document...

Following suggestions from Chamberlain, Halifax and many others, Great Britain’s constitutional monarch, King George VI asked Churchill to become the prime minister. A portion of the British public and politicians including Halifax, wanted to negotiate an armistice with Germany, an act Churchill refused to even consider. He was at times bleak about Britain’s Chance for victory, Churchill told Hastings Ismay on June 12, 1940 “you and I will be dead in three months time” an action that temp
ered the British public opinion against a peaceful resolution and prepared the people of Great Britain for a long and bloody conflict. Churchill then foreseeing an upcoming battle, stated in a speech to the House of Commons that he expected “the Battle of Britain is about to begin”. In his refusal to negotiate an armistice with Germany, Churchill kept resistance in the British Empire alive, a key move. This continued resistance opened the door for several counter attacks by the Allied Power between 1942 and 1945. Britain and her empire, served as a sort of supply pattern for the Soviet Union and the Liberation of Western Europe. Churchill also assumed the mantle of Minister of Defense, Making him the most powerful wartime minister in the history of Great Britain. An American journalist wrote "The responsibilities which are his now must be greater than those carried by any other human being on earth. One would think such a weight would have a crushing effect upon him. Not at all. The last time I saw him, while the Battle of Britain was still raging, he looked twenty years younger than before the war began ... His uplifted spirit is transmitted to the people". Knickerbocker, H.R. (1941). Is Tomorrow Hitler's? 200 Questions On the Battle of Mankind. Reynal & Hitchcock. pp. 140, 150, 178–179. Perhaps one his biggest feats was the empowering speeches he gave to the people of Great Britain which augmented the already great British will to fight. Churchill also had a key role in countless allied offences against the Germans, including Bombing Berlin, bombing Dresden and D-Day. However there have been claims that Churchill’s decision to bomb Dresden was in fact a war crime. Churchill’s impact on World War II is well known and for the most part speaks for itself, he led the nation of Great Britain against Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, without him the outcome of the war could very easily have been radically different. What if Chamberlain had remained British Prime Minister? What if Germany had defeated Britain? Would the Soviets have fallen next? Would the United States have been able to stop Hitler from conquering the world? For all we know without the late great Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA, we would all be blonde haired blue eyed and speaking German. What is less known however, is the rather large impact that Winston Churchill had on the Holocaust. Contrary to popular belief Churchill did in fact know that the...

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