Winston Churchill Book of Postcards
Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was commissioned into the Royal Cavalry in 1895 and went on to serve in various parts of the world. After leaving the Army in 1899, he went to South Africa as a war correspondent covering the Second Boer War, where he was captured and held prisoner. His subsequent escape brought him a level of attention that he leveraged to become a member of Parliament in 1900. He spent the next decade climbing the ranks of government, and at the outbreak of the First World War was serving as First Lord of the Admiralty. Following heavy criticism over the failed Dardanelles campaign, he resigned from government in 1915 and volunteered to serve as an Army officer on the Western Front. He returned to politics in 1917 as Minister of Munitions, ultimately becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1924. After being unseated in 1929, he spent much of the next eleven years in the political wilderness, writing and making speeches.
As the threat from Germany grew grave during the 1930s, Churchill was a fierce and outspoken opponent of the policy of appeasement. When war broke out in 1939 he was immediately recalled to government as First Lord of the Admiralty—and when Neville Chamberlain finally bowed to pressure and resigned in 1940, Churchill became Britain’s prime minister. On that very day, Germany had invaded France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Britain faced its supreme test. It is for his leadership through these fraught years of 1940 to 1941—through Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz—that Churchill is best remembered.
In July 1945, with Nazi Germany defeated and Japan near to collapse, Churchill’s party lost a general election in a landslide victory for Labour. An electorate weary of war was looking ahead to a new Britain. Winston Churchill, the man who had done so much to secure eventual Allied victory was, once again, out of office.
Britain’s great Second World War leader still had a role to play in world politics, and his 1946 description of an ‘Iron Curtain’ descending across Europe proved to be characteristically prophetic. He was re-elected as prime minister in 1951, for his final stint in government, and was forced to resign in 1955 due to ill health. He died in 1965 and was given a full state funeral.
Pomegranate’s books of postcards contain up to thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy, artful collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these stunning postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver. Postcards are oversized and may require additional postage.
- Second Lieutenant Winston Churchill of the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars, 1895.
- Visit of the Army Council to the Rhine: The Right Honorable Winston Churchill, President of the Army Council, inspecting troops.
- Winston Churchill and possibly his wife, Clementine, at the Memorial Service to Airmen at Westminster Abbey.
- Winston Churchill buying a flag pin for the Air Raid Distress Fund.
- Winston Churchill examines a tommy gun during an inspection of invasion defences near Hartlepool, 31 July 1940.
- Winston Churchill reads a newspaper while waiting for a train at St Andrews, 23 October 1940.
- Winston Churchill raises his hat in salute during an inspection of the 1st American Squadron of the Home Guard at Horse Guards Parade in London, 9 January 1941.
- Winston Churchill raises his hat on the end of his walking stick to acknowledge a cheering crowd while travelling along a Bristol road during a visit to the city, 12 April 1941.
- Winston Churchill and Sir Stafford Cripps visit the Home Fleet at Scapa Flow, 9–11 October 1942.
- Winston Churchill, cigar in mouth, gives his famous ‘V’ for victory sign during a visit to Bradford, 4 December 1942.
- President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill at the Allied Conference in Casablanca, January 1943.
- Prime Minister Churchill gives the Victory sign in reply to the good wishes of the sailors, airmen etc aboard as he disembarks from SS Queen Mary on arrival in the USA (in the rear is Vice Admiral Adolphus Andrews of the US Navy).
- Winston Churchill on board the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone in Algiers during a brief visit to the North African front.
- Portrait photograph by Cecil Beaton during the years of the Second World War.
- Winston Churchill giving the ‘V’ sign in Downing Street.
- Winston Churchill receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, 6 September 1943.
- Prime Minister Churchill’s return from the Quebec meeting, at Greenock, 20 September 1943.
- Celebrations to mark Prime Minister Churchill’s 69th birthday, Tehran, 1943.
- Prime Minister Churchill wearing a sun helmet, viewing the Alamein position.
- Winston Churchill demonstrating the zipper on his famous siren suit to General Dwight D Eisenhower.
- Winston Churchill, his daughter Mary and General Sir Frederick Pile watch a demonstration of measures used to combat flying bombs in the south of England, 30 June 1944.
- Winston Churchill visits Normandy, July 1944.
- Winston Churchill visits anti-aircraft defences in 1944.
- General Leese explains the battle situation to Winston Churchill at 8th Army HQ, 26 August 1944.
- Winston Churchill leaning into President Roosevelt’s car to greet him after arriving for the Quebec Conference in Canada, 11 September 1944.
- Winston Churchill with his wife, Clementine, accompanied by their daughter Mary, arriving back at Downing Street, on their return from the Quebec Conference.
- Prime Minister Churchill and his wife, Clementine, stand on the deck of the SS Queen Mary after arriving back in Scotland after the Quebec Conference.
- Winston Churchill leaving 10 Downing Street after attending a War Council meeting.
- Prime Minister Churchill makes his VE Day broadcast at 3pm on 8 May 1945.
- Winston Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war with Germany had been won, 8 May 1945 (VE Day).