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Was Winston Churchill a great war leader?

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Was Winston Churchill a great war leader? Source one is Winston Churchill's life in order of dates. It tells us of his background, which was being born in 1874 and after going to Harrow (Public school), he went to Sandhurst Military Academy. This would have taught him how to fight and how to be a leader. Then he became a soldier and he was for four years. This would have shown his fighting spirit. After this he was a journalist in South Africa and this would have helped him write good speeches which we know that he could do. From there he became a politician as he was elected as a Conservative MP. Up until 1924, he changed his party and went to the liberal party which is where he became a junior minister. He then became Cabinet minister and he had two spells at this position from 1908-15 and 1917-22. At the Liberal party he fails to be elected MP and in the same year he returns to the Conservative party and he was again elected MP. Between 1924 and 1940 he holds different positions which include Chancellor of the Exchequer and Cabinet Minister before finally in 1940 he became the Prime Minister. All this experience, being in politics for 36 years, should have helped him have a long period in the position but after five years he finished. He was the leader of the opposition before returning back to the Prime Minister's position in 1951. ...read more.

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Source 12 is a speech from Churchill and some people say that is was his finest moments. This is a fair interpretation of him being a great war leader because it shows his courage and determination. It also shows us that he knew how to get people psyched up for the battle. Source 13 is not a fair interpretation of him being a great war leader because it shows him sitting next to Roosevelt and Stalin but he looking up to them because he is lower down. This shows that they did not think that he was at the same level as the other two leaders. But it does show that he had the fighting spirit to carry on and win. Source 14 is a fair interpretation because it is a paper from 1944 that says that Churchill wanted to go to the battle but the king would not let him go. This shows us that he was willing to do what it took to win and he was confident that his keeping up of morale would have helped them. The next source says that 89% of people in 1940, when Britain were staring defeat in the face, still thought that he was a good war leader. This source is a fair interpretation because it shows what people at the time thought of him which was a overall good response. The main reason that the source says that they did this was because of the image that was created of him from the media. ...read more.

Conclusion

He has had the victory in Europe despite people saying that he wouldn't and without the backing of some of the officials in the war cabinet. He had delivered what he said that he would do from the beginning. Source 28 is again a fair interpretation. He had won the war, obtained the American alliance and helped save us all from the Soviets. Source 29 is not a fair interpretation because by basically writing his own biography he knew that some of the things that he done, he did not want future generations to know about them. But in another way this was a clever plan because it did stop people questioning some of the things that he had done and some of the decisions that he had made. Source 30 shows that it is a fair interpretation that he was a great war leader. At the beginning he said that he would win the war and with his "V" for victory symbol he always had faith in himself and up until the last few years of the war most of the British public did as well. He fused together "British power" to its maximum possible extent to survive and to participate in victory. Churchill's strengths were his morale boosting techniques and his speeches to his troops and the officials in the war cabinet, but he did make some rash decisions which led to the losses on Norway and France. He sacked people for making minor mistakes and he was too domineering. All of the media coverage of Churchill makes us think that all that he did was good and that influences our opinions of him. ...read more.

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