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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Churchill once drew up plans to attack the Soviet Union. Called Operation Unthinkable, it involved mobilizing nearly 100,000 former Nazi troops.

Churchill once drew up plans to attack the Soviet Union. Called Operation Unthinkable, it involved mobilizing nearly 100,000 former Nazi troops.Source: wikipedia
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Because he had a speech impediment, he studied and prepared his speeches beforehand intensely.

Because he had a speech impediment, he studied and prepared his speeches beforehand intensely.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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Although he is widely known for his inspiring rhetoric that almost singlehandedly prevented the west from completely falling to the Nazis, Churchill did some very controversial things during his time in power

Although he is widely known for his inspiring rhetoric that almost singlehandedly prevented the west from completely falling to the Nazis, Churchill did some very controversial things during his time in powerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Once, in the middle of the war, he diverted food supplies from India to the front lines in Europe. Because of this millions of Indians ended up starving to death

Once, in the middle of the war, he diverted food supplies from India to the front lines in Europe. Because of this millions of Indians ended up starving to deathSource: time.com, Image: wikipedia

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In 1899 Churchill was sent to prison in South Africa as a journalist. He ended up escaping and walking/jumping on trains for nearly 300 miles

In 1899 Churchill was sent to prison in South Africa as a journalist. He ended up escaping and walking/jumping on trains for nearly 300 milesSource: winstonchurchill.org, Image: wikipedia


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