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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

In the centenary year of the start of the Great War, we are proud to present to the world a set of never-before seen interviews with the most famous British Prime Minister in history: Winston Churchill.

On this site you’ll be able to see exclusive footage from the rediscovered interviews, as well as excerpts from my book ‘Winston: The Voice’ revealing the academic and social impact of this extraordinary historical find.

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I hope you enjoy exploring the interviews as much as I did.

Professor Toby DeWinter

PhD (De Montfort University), MLS, BA History 

Churchill was well known for his bravery both as a soldier in his early years and in his later political life; he was always energised by conflict and emboldened by challenge.

Perhaps the best example of this came during the early days of the war; with British morale at an all-time low, Churchill’s proclamation that ‘we shall fight them on the beaches’ was a stark rejection of defeatism, and a bold rallying call of defiance for the nation.

Churchill was well known as an accomplished orator; his defiant speeches and bulldog spirit were seen as vital to maintaining unity and morale in a country battered by war.

This revealing extract sees Sir Winston give an inside account of the emotional process behind of one of his most famous proclamations: “This was their Finest Hour”.

One of the defining conflicts in Churchill’s career was regarding how to deal with the rising threat of Nazism in 1930’s Europe. Among his opponents was Neville Chamberlain, most famous now for his ill-fated proclamation of ‘Peace for our Time’ after the Munich Agreement.

For the first time on camera, Sir Winston outlines the sometimes complex relationship he shared with Chamberlain, as well as some insights into their social life away from cabinet.

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