Due to ongoing concerns about the global pandemic, the International Churchill Society with heavy heart has decided to postpone the 2020 International Churchill Conference that had been due to take place in London this October. We are happy, however, to announce that in its place we will be hosting a FREE, online conference that will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th. Read More >
Bulletin #143 – May 2020
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the International Churchill Society has launched a global competition inspired by the famous speeches of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister. The competition—coinciding in May with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and the 80th anniversary of Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister—encourages participants to write or deliver an inspirational speech of hope in response to the current global challenges. The winner will receive a $10,000 donation for a frontline health organization, hospice, or hospital of their choosing. Read More >
Tom Young, Author of Silver Wings, Iron Cross
As I began to research my new World War II novel, Silver Wings, Iron Cross, I considered Winston Churchill essential reading. The six volumes of The Second World War provided invaluable context, with an almost day-to-day overview of events. Naturally, I looked especially for anything that informed the plot of my novel. Within its pages, a downed American pilot and a deserting German submariner try to survive together as the Third Reich collapses around them. From the perspectives of the two main characters, the story involved the air war over Europe and the U-boat effort to choke off supplies to Britain.
While America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM) is necessarily closed at this time, the staff in Fulton, Missouri, have kept busy working to bring information about Winston Churchill to the world by producing a series of webcasts under the title “Churchill This Day.” The most recent webcast involved a discussion between Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator in Fulton, and Katherine Carter, Project Curator and Collections Manager, at Chartwell, Churchill’s beloved house in Kent, which today is a National Trust property. Read More >
By Damien Lewis
In our darkest hour during World War Two, as British pilots came under devastating assault from Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe, a small chink of hope was delivered by a young and pioneering scientist who masterminded an audacious operation to capture a piece of prized German technology. The resulting discoveries would transform Britain’s strategic approach to the war, but to reap the maximum benefits required a new way of thinking, one to which the military-scientific establishment were fiercely opposed. Wedded to the tried and trusted methods of the past, they were suddenly asked to embrace something altogether unfamiliar and unorthodox – the dark arts of subterfuge. Championing this new and unprecedented field of warfare was none other than Britain’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
By BARRY SINGER
Eighty years ago, on 10 May 1940, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister. Germany was invading France. From that day, Churchill’s wisdom, wit, bravery and profoundly humane spirit guided the British people, and the world, to ultimate victory. Churchill’s clear-headedness in the face of catastrophe, his resolution to inspire by appealing to the very best in those around him, remains an object lesson in leadership. Read More >
By BRIAN KRAPF
Many postcards were produced depicting Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty during his 1911–1915 tenure. This one, however, is my personal favorite. The graphics are superb. What can be better than Churchill pictured along with a modern Dreadnaught battle cruiser? The caption, “Aye, Ready!” clearly shows Britain is eager and able to “rule the waves,” and that Churchill is the man to lead her great fleet to victory. Read More >