- "As you're aware, a vote can be far more lethal than a bullet or a blade."
- ―Churchill to Lydia, 1916.[src]
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Along with being an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist, Churchill is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential war-time political leaders.
Churchill was born in 1874, to a highborn family of considerable influence. From a young age, he was determined to surpass his forebearers, which included his father, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the first Duke of Marlborough, who had won a series of battles against the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.
In 1895, Churchill joined the British army, serving in the Indian northwest frontier and the Sudan. Four years later he left to work as a war correspondent, but was taken prisoner by the Boers while reporting on the war in South Africa. He managed to escape by traveling almost 300 miles into Mozambique.
After his return to Britain, Churchill entered politics and quickly became known for self-aggrandizement, especially following his highly publicized presence in a police siege on the streets of London, where he allegedly gave direction on the ground. In 1911, he was named First Lord of the Admiralty and oversaw the modernization of the British Navy; one of his experimental projects consisted of boats armed with anti-aircraft guns.
World War I
- "We may have struck a blow against the enemy, but London is still riddled with German agents. Currently, there's a new group, unlike anything I've seen before. Theirs is a fanatical, almost religious, fervor."
- ―Churchill on the spies in London, 1916.[src]
When the First World War began, Churchill was primarily preoccupied with how England could counter the German submarine threat. However, the failed Gallipoli Campaign led him to temporarily withdraw from politics and lead a brigade on the Western Front, before returning to Britain.
In 1916, Churchill enlisted the aid of Assassin Lydia Frye to root out a German spy radio calling dirigibles near Tower Bridge in London. Despite her success in finding the radio, one dirigible, accompanied by multiple fighter planes, entered London’s airspace. Churchill then arranged for a ship with a mounted anti-aircraft gun for Lydia's use, in order to shoot down the enemy aircraft.
After she successfully destroyed the enemy planes, Churchill requested Lydia's aid once more, this time to stop a fanatical German group in London; in return, he promised to raise the issue of women's suffrage once he was back in parliament. Churchill delivered information on the spies to Frye, and arranged for a raid on the leader's hideout, ensuring the dissolution of the spy cell.
In 1917, Churchill became Minister of Munitions, putting him in charge of the production and delivery of tanks, planes and ammunition to the front; his efforts were regarded as a significant contributor to Germany's defeat.
World War II and later life
Churchill later became one of the Templar-influenced political leaders who were involved in staging World War II, alongside Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to create a New World Order. He was celebrated for his tactical genius, leadership, and steadfast refusal to allow the Nazis to succeed. Following the war, he pushed for social reform in Britain and won the the Nobel Prize for literature. Churchill eventually died of a stroke in 1965.