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Winston Churchill

by Bradley from San Diego

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The Lion Heart

            "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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,"(Winston Churchill). Winston Churchill inspired excellence in many people to never give in by using his actions and words. On November 30, 1874, Winston Churchill began his unhappy, neglected and lonely childhood. His academics barely allowed him entrance into the Royal Military Academy. Once he arrived at Military school he applied himself and rose to the top of his class. Churchill showed early interest in politics and returned to England from the Boar war as a hero. He lost his first election to the House of Commons but continued his campaign. In 1900 he was elected in and slowly worked his way to the top (a process he knows well). At the beginning of World War 2 he was appointed head of the Ministry of Defense and became Prime Minister soon after. Winston Churchill used valor, determination and passion to lead the war against evil and continued his course of action no matter what obstacles confronted him along the way. Churchill fought with everything he had inside him, he fought for England, he fought for what he believed was right and his determination, valor, and passion was the beacon of light shining through the darkness of war

Winston Churchill has qualities that inspire others to follow and stand against evil. The determination and willingness to give it all to reach his goals are admirable and make him a hero. Churchill's determination was the cornerstone of hope during wartime and it is his determination that led Britain and the world into the fray: "When France fell to Germany on June 22, 1940, Britain stood alone. Although his country was under considerable attack by German bombers, Churchill continued to reject Hitler's offers of a truce," (Forster, Matt). Churchill presented himself and the nation with a certain firmness of purpose. Also unlike France Churchill would never surrender to Germany's war machine. Churchill knew that his little island was possibly the only thing standing in the way of evil and death spreading and swallowing Europe. His attitude reflected his stature as a hero to the people of Britain and much of the rest of the world: "Churchill was not just determined that England would survive the war: he wanted to win. Confident that Germany would be unable to conquer England while the air force was still fighting, he sent the navy around to the Mediterranean," (Forster, Matt). Churchill would never yield to force or flinch in the face of the enemy. Invasion, death and suffering were at his doorstep and he stood strong. He knew that he could not fall or fail. Defeat was not on the table for Churchill and he was determined to win at all costs. Churchill continued a course of action in spite of difficulty and opposition and would never give in.

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Winston Churchill has qualities that inspire others to follow and stand against evil. The determination and willingness to give it all to reach his goals are admirable and make him a hero. Churchill's determination was the cornerstone of hope during wartime and it is his determination that led Britain and the world into the fray: "When France fell to Germany on June 22, 1940, Britain stood alone. Although his country was under considerable attack by German bombers, Churchill continued to reject Hitler's offers of a truce," (Forster, Matt). Churchill presented himself and the nation with a certain firmness of purpose. Also unlike France Churchill would never surrender to Germany's war machine. Churchill knew that his little island was possibly the only thing standing in the way of evil and death spreading and swallowing Europe. His attitude reflected his stature as a hero to the people of Britain and much of the rest of the world: "Churchill was not just determined that England would survive the war: he wanted to win. Confident that Germany would be unable to conquer England while the air force was still fighting, he sent the navy around to the Mediterranean," (Forster, Matt). Churchill would never yield to force or flinch in the face of the enemy. Invasion, death and suffering were at his doorstep and he stood strong. He knew that he could not fall or fail. Defeat was not on the table for Churchill and he was determined to win at all costs. Churchill continued a course of action in spite of difficulty and opposition and would never give in.

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Churchill's courage and valor made him a commendable commander and a worthy hero. A successful leader, defined by Stanford University, is someone who takes risks and someone who is fully engaged in the challenges that face the person: "As Prime Minister of Britain during World War II, Winston Churchill kept opposition to Hitler alive by refusing to yield to Nazi aggression. Under his leadership, Britain kept the Nazi war machine busy until the United States joined the fray. He was also a brilliant historian and writer, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953," (Forster, Matt). Churchill showed courage by standing alone and facing fear and evil. He led by his actions and showed with valor that defeat was never a possibility. He knew the fight would be long and painful but he managed to flight the spirits of the British people with his fearlessness. Imagine being huddled with your family in the Underground. The German bombers are demolishing all of your belongings above your head. The only comfort you have is the words of your Prime Minster playing on an old radio softly beside you. Winston Churchill crammed in a bunker of his own is inspiring the world and its people with his words and courage: "You ask, What is our policy? I will 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 with 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," (Winston Churchill). As homes and their great city were being destroyed above, hope and faith was being transmitted from Churchill's words to the people of Britain below. Churchill waged war against Nazi Germany, victory was his goal and his purpose. Churchill's courage was like no other and is just one example in the plethora of traits that make Sir Winston Churchill an essential part of history.

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Churchill's great courage in the face of danger, his determination in everything he did, his passion for England and its people are all traits that make Winston Churchill a noble commander and idol. Winston Churchill's determination had firmness of purpose, his passion had uncontrollable emotion and his valor had spirit and strength. He transferred his traits to others and demanded greatness even during murky and unsettling times. I am inspired by Winston Churchill because of his ability to lead. His leadership and charisma drove people to better themselves and get problems solved. After all, leadership is ultimately about solving problems and inspiring people. His words encouraged his people to fight back and gave the public courage. The source of inspiration was his very own character. His overwhelming personality and characteristics make Winston Spencer Churchill an unstoppable hero. With the world crumbling around him, he continued to stir greatness. "I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I inspired the nation.  It was a nation and race dwelling all round that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. (Winston Churchill)"


 

Works Cited

"Churchill, Winston." World War II Reference Library. Ed. Barbara C. Bigelow, et al. Vol. 3: Biographies. Detroit: UXL, 1999. 25-33. Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2013

Forster, Matt. "Winston Churchill." Winston Churchill (2009): 1.Biography Reference Center. Web. 30 Mar. 2013

"Winston Churchill." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Student Resources In Context. Web. 30 Mar. 2013.

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