Chariots Of Fire
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The Life and Times of Sir Winston Churchill
The Cenotaph Memorial
The Mull of Kintyre
The Evacuation of Dunkirk WWII
Winston Churchill attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Graduated December 1894 and Commissioned with the Queen's Own Hussars.
Notice the barrage Defense Balloons overhead and a Royal Air Force Squadron of Bi-Planes entering on a fly over as seen on the top right hand corner.
1916 Winston Churchill WWI
Seated center commanding the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers
"When you are going through Hell, keep going." --Winston Churchill
British Commonwealth Forces.
King George V
On the deck of the Battleship H.M.S. Dreadnought during the inspection of the Royal Navy Fleet.
King George V Letter
to the American Expeditionary Forces
World War I
7th of December 1918
Winston Churchill with his wife Lady Clementine
Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, aboard the H.M.S. King George V
"Britannia Rules The Waves"
Winston Churchill with crew members of the H.M.S. Ajax
Churchill pictured here during Naval Review
Prime Minister during the Battle of Britain from 1940 to 1945, at war with Nazi Germany.
His speeches and radio broadcasts helped to inspire the British people during their darkest hour.
1940 to 1941
When the British Empire stood almost alone against Adolf Hitler's war machine,
among his speeches to Parliament and the people were:
"You ask what is our aim."
"The answer is one word--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."
"We shall persevere."
Royal Air Force Spitfires
On the 15th of August 1940, the Battle of Britain had reached a critical point,
during air raids- the Blitz and night bombings.
Sir Winston gave a tribute to pilots of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command.
"Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few."
"We shall go on 'til the end."
"We shall fight them on the land, on the sea and in the air."
"All we ask is give us the tools and we will finish the job."
"Never, never, never give up."
"We shall defend our island nation whatever the cost may be."
"We shall fight them on the beaches, in the fields, in the streets."
"We will fight them from our rooftops and in our gardens."
"We shall never surrender."
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan, unprovoked, bombed Pearl Harbor, in a surprise attack.
The United States signed a Declaration of War on the Empire of Japan, joining Britain and the Allied Forces in the war effort on all fronts.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Speech to Congress and the American People--December the 7th, 1941--
"A date which will live in infamy."
On December 8, 1941, the British government, in unity, declared war on Japan. WWII was at full charge.
In February, 1945, after years of war and bloodshed on all continents, the Yalta Conference was called by the following world leaders:
Prime Minister Churchill, Great Britain
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, USA
Joseph Stalin, USSR.
The three leaders agreed to demand Germany's immediate surrender.
On the 8th of May, 1945, in Berlin, Germany officially surrendered ending the war in Europe.
VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY
Winston Churchill, the lion's roar, had led Britain to victory.
In conclusion--in 1963, Churchill, the statesman, was made honorary citizen of the USA.
Sir Winston Churchill State Funeral
at ST. Paul's Cathedral
attended by dignitaries and heads of states
from around the World
Churchill died on the 24th of January, 1965 at the age of 90.
The Commonwealth and The Nation in grateful remembrance
Churchill's Funeral Procession with Big Ben in the background
Churchill's Funeral Procession passes through Trafalgar Square.
After his state funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral, with full military honors,
he was buried in the family plot at Bladon, Oxfordshire.
Story by Ian O. Robertson
THE BRITISH WAR MEMORIAL
Honoring the Fallen Heroes
Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
shall thy bounds be met.
God who made thee mighty,
make thee mightier yet.
God who made thee mighty,
make thee mightier yet.
The Mull of Kintyre Scotland
"Oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here.
Far have I traveled and much have I seen
Darkest of mountains and valleys of green
Sun painted deserts with sunsets on fire
As they carry me back to the Mull of Kintyre.
Wind swept through the heather like deer in the glen
Carry me back to the days I knew when.
Nights when we sang like a heavenly choir
of the life and the times of the Mull of Kintyre.
With smiles in the sunshine and tears in the rain
still take me back where my memories remain.
Flickering embers go higher and higher
as they carry me back to the Mull of Kintyre."
by Sir Paul McCartney
During wartime, the troops were never told where they were headed until he day of departure.
"We don't know where we're going 'til we're there.
There's lots of blinking' rumors in the air.
No one seem's to know,
We're singing as we go,
Because we don't know where we're going
'til we're there.
By Order of Admiralty House London-
The Royal Navy evacuated 350.000 British, French and Allied Troops who were trapped on the beaches by heavy Nazi German bombardment.
We support the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
that assisted The Royal Navy in the Evacuation of Dunkirk from the shallow beaches.
Churchill referred to the Little Ships as a Miracle of Deliverance,
Worthy of Honorable Remembrance.
The Association holds an Annual Regatta at Henley on Thames to commemorate
these Courageous Heroes.
Story by Ian Robertson
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