THIS WEEK IN WORLD WAR II

Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister

It is May 10, 1940 and the appeasement of Adolf Hitler has failed.  Just hours before the German invasion of France, the British have no confidence in Neville Chamberlain and he resigns.  A meeting was held between Chamberlain, Lord Halifax, Winston Churchill and David Margesson, the government Chief Whip which resulted in the recommendation of Winston Churchill.  As a constitutional monarch, George VI asked Churchill to be prime minister of which he accepted the post.  He was 65 years-old when he became Prime Minister but the war would energize him.  This energized uplifting spirit inspired the people of Great Britain.

Winston Churchill giving his famous 'V' sign—on 20 May 1940, just ten days after Churchill became Prime Minister

Winston Churchill giving his famous ‘V’ sign—on 20 May 1940, just ten days after Churchill became Prime Minister

Some of his well known quotations:

  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  • You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  • I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.  
  • A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.  
  • I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.  
  • An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
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5 responses

  1. Chris White says:

    A remarkable human being. Brilliant quotes. Thanks for posting this.
    Kris.
    http://www.awritersden.wordpress.com
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  2. The world could use another Churchill!

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  3. Birgit says:

    Great post and those quotes are just priceless. I know the famous ones but I love the one about failure and enemies. I must do something right because I never appease and I do have enemies

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  4. jazzfeathers says:

    Loved the quotes. My favourite are the one about enemies, and the one about truth 🙂

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