Winston Churchill Book of Postcards
Thirty photographs bound in a handy postcard collection.
Oversized postcards measure 6½ x 4¾ in.
Published with the Imperial War Museums.
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.