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The Churchill Society

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Tyranny is our foe
whatever trappings or disguise it wears,
whatever language it speaks,
be it external or internal,
we must forever be on our guard,
ever mobilised,
ever vigilant,
always ready to spring at its throat.

Winston Churchill

Harvard University
September 6th 1943

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WHO WAS CHURCHILL?

CHRONOLOGY

 

 The Young Soldier

MAP OF INDIAHe then went in 1896 to India with his regiment - the 4th .

In between his duties - and to overcome the boredom of life in India - he began to read seriously all the books he could get hold of. This was to be a most important period in his life, because not only did he learn much from these books, he also learned how to write books, and this he did astonishingly well for the rest of his long life, and, as we shall see as our story unfolds, it was his wonderful skill both in writing and public speaking (oratory) which after many years of trouble and strife enabled him to become a great war leader and hero - like his ancestor John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

In 1897, by using his initiative, he became a war correspondent and went on a law enforcement expedition with THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE up into the Himalayan Mountains. Here he saw military action for the first time and was engaged in many skirmishes. He saw many men killed and wounded and acts of great horror and cruelty. His dispatches to the London Daily Telegraph were of great interest to the public and brought him great notoriety.

 

 

CADET CHURCHILL

Cadet

YOUNG WINSTON THE POLO PLAYER

Winston the Polo Player

CADET CHURCHILL

Cadet

A Pathan Tribesman

 

At Prayer

 

Stop now and listen to Movement No 7 on the first CD of

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC
entitled
THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE
(Sub titled
"
Men and Mountains"

The music portrays the oriental night sky -
the mountains - the swift dawn -
and the soldiers awakening
to many reveille bugle calls
echoing around the mountains.

His dispatches back to the newspapers in England during this expedition were critical of the generals and caused great comment. He later published them in a book and became well known.

He did the same thing again in 1899 when he wrote about THE BATTLE OF OMDURMAN in a book entitled THE RIVER WAR.

Listen now to this exciting Movement - No 8 - in

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

THE BATTLE OF OMDURMAN

MAP OF THE SUDANThis battle was the last major battle in which the British Army fought on horseback. But the young man's excitement at going to war, - he was 25 years old at the time - was again to be replaced by horror and deep sorrow at the sight of the huge number of dead after the battle, and the terrible state of all the injured - on both sides - left to the flies and vultures in the searing heat of the desert.

Churchill wept. He was to do so frequently in his life. He wrote to his mother on the 26th of January 1899,

'Our victory was disgraced by the inhuman slaughter of the wounded and Lord Kitchener was responsible for this.'

This experience profoundly affected him. It sobered him and made him realise that his quest for military excitement and medals was shallow. It changed his attitude to war and in made him hate and fear it for the rest of his life.

The music portrays this battle vividly. Listen carefully to the last few bars - they portray Churchill's deep distress at all the grievous suffering war entails.

MODEL OF THE BATTLE OF OMDURMAN

Battle of Omdurman
Model Soldier Museum. Houghton Hall. Norfolk

Alas, Churchill was to see the suffering of millions of people in two terrible world wars later in his life - but he never forgot his Omdurman battlefield experiences.

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IN 1899 he went to South Africa to report on the South African Boer War and within a month won fame for his part in many events, one of which was an exciting incident involving an armoured train in which he was captured by the Boers.

South Africa

South Africa

 

 

Zulus

Zulus

 

When a Zulu revolt was crushed in Natal by the British, Churchill protested to Lord Elgin about

'the disgusting butchery of the natives'.

THE ARMOURED TRAIN
from the
THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

This 10 minute movement (No 9) portraying that exciting and frightening experience
is awaiting performance.

Winston Churchill in South Africa

Winston Churchill (centre) in South Africa

MAP OF SOUTH AFRICA

CHURCHILL THE PRISONER

Churchill as a Prisoner of the Boers. He is on the right.

THE REWARD FOR CHURCHILL DEAD OR ALIVE

He soon escaped and hid in a deep rat-infested mine shaft, and then, by hiding on a train, he escaped out of the country. His dispatches to the London newspapers made very exciting reading and brought him great publicity in England. As you will read they paved the way for a political career. Read more about these events and about the relief of Mafeking and the siege of Ladysmith in his book entitled MY EARLY LIFE - you will not be able to put the book down. Read how he came to know, to respect, and then make a lifelong friend of the South African General Smuts, and how Churchill fought for an honourable peace in South Africa.

 

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