The Life of Winston Churchill

Can you guess these facts about the life of the British leader Winston Churchill?
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His political party
Conservative
His father
Lord Randolph Churchill
Prize that he won for his memoirs and historical writing
Nobel Prize in Literature
Term coined by Churchill for the line dividing Communist and free Europe
Iron Curtain
Churchill's country estate
Chartwell
The other two members of the "Big 3" Allied leaders during WWII
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Joseph Stalin
Conferences where the "Big 3" met (name either)
Yalta / Tehran
Prime Minister who preceded Churchill and tried to appease Hitler
Neville Chamberlain
Prime Minister who served between Churchill's two terms
Clement Attlee
Churchill held this position during WWI
First Lord of the Admiralty
... until he was demoted for planning this disastrous invasion in Turkey
Gallipoli Campaign
... and then served as officer in this regiment
Royal Scots Fusiliers
During WWI, he helped to develop this new military technology
Tanks
Churchill was "alarmed and nauseated" by this "half naked" Indian leader
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
Complete these famous Churchill quotes
A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an _____
enigma
Never ... was so much owed by so many to __ ___
so few
We shall fight on the _______
beaches
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and _____
sweat
This was their finest ____
hour
Broadly speaking, _____ words are best
short
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Level 82
Feb 15, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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Level 75
Feb 15, 2017
He was a member of parliament for the Liberal Party for 20 years before he switched to the Conservatives.
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Level 74
Mar 11, 2017
Excellent point. Perhaps a better question would be "Name of the party he led?".
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Level 76
Jul 17, 2017
It is pretty perverse not to allow Liberal as an answer here. It's not as though he was a minor player for a few years there. He was a member for decades and held senior ministerial position - including Home Secretary, and the First Lord of the Admiralty appointment.
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Level 83
Feb 16, 2017
I thought the defining characteristic of that speech was that it gave a laundry list of places the British would fight any invaders. Why, then, does "beaches" get credit, but, for example, "seas" does not? I mean, the Karate Kid fought on the beach, but you don't see anyone making memorable speeches about him.
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Level ∞
Feb 16, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_shall_fight_on_the_beaches

History has deemed it such.

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Level 87
Jul 31, 2018
Yeah, it was always a pretty standard politician speech to me.
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Level 59
Jul 17, 2017
Adding my voice to the (currently small) chorus of those saying that Liberal should be accepted, as he was a member of that party earlier in his career.
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2017
I agree. But perhaps the question should be changed to name the party he led.
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2017
He sat in the Commons as a Liberal MP for 18 years representing Oldham, Manchester NW, and Dundee after defecting from the Tories in 1904. He took the reverse route in 1922.
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Level 61
Jul 17, 2017
When I saw Winston I thought of Ice Cream.
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Level 87
Apr 9, 2022
I thought of cigarettes.
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2017
My favorite Churchill quote was something like, "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at with no result."
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Level 38
Feb 28, 2018
Maybe add that we went to school at Harrow?
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Level 78
Apr 23, 2018
I know that with Mr. Churchill's long and varied career it is impossible to put him in any single category - he was both Liberal and Conservative and had a voice in practically every area of government and their policies. While tanks were an issue with him he was also an early and very vocal supporter of using airplanes in military actions during his service as First Lord of the Admiralty.
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Level 59
Dec 21, 2018
The duke of Marlborough can't get a mention?
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2020
Two men stand at a couple of urinals. One of them finishes the job and heads for the sink. This man is an old Etonian.

He washes his hands, and sidles towards the towel. As he sidles, the other man finishes the job, ignores the sink, and heads for the door. This man is Winston Churchill.

As Winston approaches the exit, the old Etonian cries out in an old Etonian drawl, ‘At Eton, they taught us to wash our hands after using the toilet,’

Churchill takes a puff of the cigar in his left hand. He exhales. And speaks.

‘At Harrow,’ he replies, ‘they taught us not to piss on our hands.’

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Level 70
Apr 9, 2022
I know this is obviously not a true story, but it is humorous to imagine Churchill using a urinal while puffing on a cigar for some reason.
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Level 59
Apr 9, 2022
I got it right, but Dardanelles should be an acceptable answer for which disastrous Turkish campaign got him fired as First Lord of the Admiralty. At the time the two terms were used almost interchangeably.
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Level 55
Apr 9, 2022
Lol he was just as much a mass murderer as Mao or Stalin.....but people won't see that ever.
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2022
I'm assuming you're referring largely to the famines in the British Raj?

We should of course criticise Churchill and the British administration for such atrocities.

But I don't think it's comparable to Mao or Stalin.

Firstly, Churchill wasn't a dictator so the blame can't be solely placed on him. Secondly, it's pretty well accepted that the famines were as a result of policy failure. While not excusable, I don't think it was an objective of the British to kill people. Mao and Stalin on the other hand...

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Level 44
Sep 28, 2022
no no stusum. Krishpatel doesn't have to give a reason for saying that Churchill was the same as Stalin and Mao. He just says it, and so it is true.
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2022
So was Ghandi not half naked?
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2022
"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."

Reducing this to just "the beaches" frankly is insulting. This isn't just the internet deciding, the complete quote is still well-known precisely for the many places that were mentioned. It's a spirit tragically but honorably seen in Ukraine today.

I'd also suggest accepting Blenheim Palace as his country estate - his birthplace and family seat if not his personal pad.

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Level 61
Apr 10, 2022
Agree absolutely, Alex. Whatever one's views on Churchill, that was a massively important speech and can't be redacted without completely missing the point.

And Churchill's family estate, where he was born, is Blenheim

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Level 69
Apr 10, 2022
add 'goddamn i love these peaches' as a famous quote? ;)