Churchill: The “British Bulldog”

APRIL 12 / A3

This year [2015] marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He was an iconic figure, renowned for his cigars, quick wit and significant leadership.

When the Second World War broke out in September 1939, Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister. Winston Churchill only took over the job on 10th May 1940, and is credited with leading the country to victory, and maintaining morale with a series of brilliant speeches.

Churchill’s accomplishments were significant. He is re featuring his work as a painter, writer, orator and politician. He was a brilliant military strategist with dogged determination and was the prime architect of the Allied forces battle against the Germans.

“The spring of 1940 was the pivotal point of the 20th century,” he says. “Britain was standing alone against the onslaught of the Nazi movement. Churchill rallied the world.”

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” Churchill told the House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister. “We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

Much can and has been said about Churchill, but when I think about Winston Churchill, I think about leadership vision, insight and bravery. Our world would be a much different place today were it not for him.