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Sir Winston Churchill: A Legendary Statesman of epic proportions

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Mar 02, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

Sir Winston Churchill at a desk

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL - AN ICON FOR ALL TIME

“Sir Winston Churchill is known for his bulldog spirit, his love of cigars, brandy and Pol Roger champagne, somewhat eccentric dress sense, and famous V for Victory salute, but he was also a man with an incredible zest and curiosity for life. He played polo in India at the highest level, he learned to fly, and he strongly supported technological advancement such as the development of the tank and military aviation. He painted, he traveled, he wrote, he designed the grounds and gardens of his family home Chartwell, and in later life he bred racehorses. Churchill remains one of the greatest iconic figures of the twentieth century.”  Excerpt from The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Sir Winston Churchill at the White House with FDR

CHURCHILL AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH FDR

Sir Winston Churchill did not allow any obstacle to stand in his way.  He experienced great victory as well as controversy and setbacks.  One of his closest relationships with heads of states was with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  They worked together to secure vital food, oil and munitions via the North Atlantic shipping routes during World War II.   When President Harry Truman took office, Churchill was very supportive of Truman as well.

 Sir Winston Churchill walking with President Truman

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL WITH PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN

A GIFTED AUTHOR

Because Churchill had been raised in an upper-class family, he had a taste for living in luxury.  Unfortunately, his primary occupation did not provide sufficient income to satisfy this need.  To satisfy his craving, he published many books and articles. Perhaps the most well-known of his writings were his newspaper articles that warned of Hitler which were published in the Evening Standard in 1936.  Later, in 1953, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the sum of his works.

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL - V FOR VICTORYSIR WINSTON CHURCHILL GREETING ONLOOKERS WITH HIS FAMOUS "V" FOR VICTORY SIGN

A NATURAL LEADER

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was the loyal son of Lord Randolph Churchill, a Conservative politician and Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a New York businessman - thus half-American.  He had an admirable career path, beginning with the army, serving in the Parliament, Secretary of State, Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense.  Queen Elizabeth II conferred upon him the dignity of Knighthood in 1953 and President John F. Kennedy conferred on him an honorary citizenship of the United States in 1963.

CHURCHILL WAVES TO CROUD

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL GREETS THE CROWD AS THEY CELEBRATE WORLD WAR II VICTORY

In 1908 Churchill married Clementine Ogilvy Spencer.  Together they had four daughters and one son.  The fourth child, Marigold, died from an exacerbated illness when she was only two years old.  Churchill was known to dislike small talk, as is common among small children.  He would instruct them to speak clearly, causing them to rehearse their communications before approaching him.

Winston Churchill with a tommy gun

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL MANNING A TOMMY GUN - AN IMPRESSIVE PHOTO OP

UNRIVALED DETERMINATION

“...I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty...we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our island home ... .Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo..., 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 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...”  Sir Winston Churchill speaking before Parliament, June 4, 1940

Winston Churchill Havana Cigar Personalized

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL LOVED HIS CIGARS

Winston Churchill Cigar

ONE PERSONALIZED HAVANA CIGAR OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL  MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION

Since becoming acquainted with Nurse Thomson, Churchill’s private nurse, many years ago, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx acquired a Havana Cigar Box that was given to Sir Winston Churchill by Erik Stokpebye of Denmark. These cigars were personalized with a gold cigar band that reads “Churchill” and are individually encased. It is indeed rare to find such a personal possession of such an important historical figure.

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