25 Reasons That Winston Churchill Was Both A Celebrated And Controversial Figure

Winston Churchill is a man that history will not forget. Love him or hate him, his influence and impact on the course of world events was indisputable. On the one hand he was one of the greatest war time leaders of history. He almost singlehandedly inspired a small island nation to rally against the far superior Nazi regime and not give into their attacks, even though England was being bombed like there was no tomorrow. He managed to form an unlikely alliance with the Soviet Union and also managed to help awaken the sleeping giant of the United States, who had no previous intention of getting involved in global conflicts. As the Allies came together they managed, against all odds, to defeat the Axis on their own territory and rewrite what seemed like a hopeless scenario. All of this was great and everybody loves Churchill for it. But on the other side of things, Winston had some pretty unpopular views. He hated Gandhi for one thing. He was not a fan of Indian independence and didn’t mind redirecting food supplies away from India during the war even though it caused widespread hunger and famine. So, just in case you were wondering how one man could be so loved by some and so hated by others, here are 25 reasons that Winston Churchill was both a celebrated and controversial figure.

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Both Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt have claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost in the White House

Both Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt have claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost in the White HouseSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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When the British Bulldog was told that he couldn't drink in the presence of the Saudi king because of his religion, Churchill replied that "My religion prescribed as an absolute sacred ritual smoking cigars and drinking alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them."

When the British Bulldog was told that he couldn't drink in the presence of the Saudi king because of his religion, Churchill replied that "My religion prescribed as an absolute sacred ritual smoking cigars and drinking alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them."Source: drunkard.com, Image: pixabay

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Both Churchill and King George VI wanted to go along with the Allied soldiers on D-Day but were dissuaded by an admiral (Bertram Ramsay) who said he wouldn't take responsibility for either of them and that if things went wrong they would both be needed back home.

Both Churchill and King George VI wanted to go along with the Allied soldiers on D-Day but were dissuaded by an admiral (Bertram Ramsay) who said he wouldn't take responsibility for either of them and that if things went wrong they would both be needed back home.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Although Winston did win a Nobel Prize, it was in Literature and not Peace

Lady Astor was the first female member of parliament and she was always butting heads with Churchill. Once, she told him that if they were married, she would have poisoned his tea. He replied "Madam, if I was your husband, I would drink it."Source: nobelprize.org, Image: wikipedia

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Lady Astor was the first female member of parliament and she was always butting heads with Churchill. Once, she told him that if they were married, she would have poisoned his tea. He replied "Madam, if I was your husband, I would drink it."

Lady Astor was the first female member of parliament and she was always butting heads with Churchill. Once, she told him that if they were married, she would have poisoned his tea. He replied "Madam, if I was your husband, I would drink it."Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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