Winston Churchill Audio
The Hour of Armistice
The Follies of the Victors
The Locust Years
The Causes of War
The Loaded Pause
Meeting with Von Ribbentrop
Mr. Eden's Resignation
Royal Academy Banquet
Broadcast to the United States
The Soviet Enigma
The First Month of War
Ten Weeks of War
Sinking of the Graf Spee
Liberation is Sure
The Navy is Here
Before the Storm
A Sterner War
Frustration in Norway
The National Coalition
Speech to the House of Commons
Be Ye Men of Valor
The Battle of France
The French Agony
Crux of the Whole War
The Battle of Britain
Secret Session in London
Canadian House of Commons
Give Us the Tools
Until Victory is Won
Masters of our Fate
These are Great Days
With Great Resolution
War with Japan
From the White House
Prime Minister for Two Years
End of the Beginning
Speaking to Congress
Before the Autumn Unity
Rebuilding the House of Commons
The Fruits of 1944
Thanksgiving Day, 1944
Unconditional Surrender of Germany
KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, RA
Photo by Yousuf Karsh
The axles creak, and the couplings strain—
For the pace is hot, and the points are near,
And Sleep hath deadened the driver's ear;
And the signals flash through the night in vain—
For Death is in charge of the clattering train!
Originally published c. 1900 in Punch Magazine to commemorate a railway accident, this short poem was quoted by Winston Churchill in the first volume, The Gathering Storm, published in 1948, of his six-volume history, The Second World War. On page 110, he recalls a debate in the House of Commons on 19 March 1935 on the air estimates (i.e. money to pay for the production of aircraft) when as a back bencher he challenged the government's assurances that the budget was adequate to meet the growing threat from Nazi Germany, which had reached parity with Britain in the number of aircraft.
Why Study Churchill?
It is said that fighting evil is the noblest thing that a person can do with their limited time on earth. Mr. Churchill fought evil. But to fight evil, one must first recognize evil. In the late 1920s, Winston Churchill had already foreseen the military potential of a resurgent Germany. When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Churchill again warned the world of the catastrophic dangers posed by the German corporal. Already a member of the British parliament when Hitler was a mere teenager, Mr. Churchill proved himself to be Hitler's unconquerable, insurmountable foe.
Had Britain crumbled in 1940, the result would have been a world "made more sinister by the lights of perverted science." Sir Winston Churchill's matchless oratory and leadership inspired Britain to stand alone against German aggression until "the New World, with all its power and might, [stepped] forth to the rescue and liberation of the Old."
Churchill wrote that all his life until 1940 was merely a "preparation for this hour." He was a man who truly walked with destiny.
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Winston Churchill on Islam
Churchill wasn't a racist and didn't commit atrocities against indigenous populations.
It's pretty sad that anyone has to write this but in today's world where the Left is feared more than anything else, it is necessary.
Left-wing claim: Churchill said that the Bengal Famine of 1943 was the Indians' fault for "breeding like rabbits."
Truth: This is overwhelmingly, if not entirely, left-wing smear. Regarding Churchill's attitude toward Indians "breeding like rabbits," Andrew Roberts writes in his just-published 1,000-page authoritative biography of Churchill: "Churchill had previously long instanced the astonishing population growth in India in the first four decades of the twentieth century as a mark of the success of the Empire and in November 1942 he was still boasting to the Spanish Ambassador, the Duke of Alba, 'Since the English occupation of India the native population has increased by a hundred million. Since the American War of Independence, the Red Indian population has practically died out.'" Churchill was using demographics to demonstrate the superiority of English rule over American rule.
Left-wing claim: Churchill was a racist.
Truth: Historian Andrew Roberts writes of Churchill as early as 1900: "Churchill had no sympathy for the aggressive white supremacism of the Afrikaner, from which his own paternalistic instincts were entirely different. He wrote of a future South African society in which 'Black is to be proclaimed the same as white...to be constituted his legal equal, to be armed with political rights,' a prospect that infuriated Afrikaners no less than would be 'a tigress robbed of her cubs.'"
Left-wing claim: Churchill was responsible for the Bengal Famine of 1943
Truth: "Churchill was not responsible for the Bengal Famine. I have been searching for evidence for years: none has turned up. The 1944 Document volume of the official biography (Hillsdale College Press) will resolve this issue finally." — Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer to Sir Winston Churchill.