SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, RA
1874—1965
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
Munich Winter
Broadcast to the United States
The Soviet Enigma
War!
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
Narvik, Norway
Frustration in Norway
The National Coalition
Speech to the House of Commons
Be Ye Men of Valor
The Battle of France
The French Agony
Dunkirk
Unknown Warriors
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
War Production
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
Anglo-American Unity
Rebuilding the House of Commons
The Fruits of 1944
Thanksgiving Day, 1944
Unconditional Surrender of Germany

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Why Study Churchill?

Some say that fighting evil is the greatest thing that a person can do with their limited time on earth. But to fight evil, one must recognize it. No one was better at recognizing evil than Mr. Churchill. From the late 1920s, he foresaw the military potential of a resurgent Germany, and when Hitler came to power in 1933, he warned the world of the catastrophic dangers posed by the German corporal. Already a member of the British parliament when Hitler was a teenager, Mr. Churchill proved to be Hitler's unconquerable foe.

One shudders to think of what life would be like had Britain crumbled in 1940. Because of Sir Winston Churchill and his inspiring oratory and leadership, England stood alone against the German might. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, America finally entered the war. Hitler then declared war on America. The combined power of America and Britain, together with Hitler's disastrous mistakes in Russia, sealed Germany's defeat and saved Western civilization.

Listen to one of Mr. Churchill's speeches, or readings from his memoirs, by clicking on the links on the left.

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Who is charge of the clattering train?
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!

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.