The year 1945 was a chaotic one, both for the world, of course, and for Winston Churchill. Communism was on the march and the people of Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Poland all found themselves in the grip of the Soviets. The Red Army occupied a large German territory, and the Kremlin was manipulating post-war food shortages, labor disputes, and social unrest in Greece, France, and Italy.
Having spent his "wilderness years" in the late 1930s warning of the dangers of diplomatic and military weakness and the growing menace of Nazism, in 1946 Churchill made a trip to Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a speech entitled "The Sinews of Peace," now known as the Iron Curtain Speech which served to fundamentally define the dangers of Soviet totalitarian Communism. This is the story of that pivotal speech and how it came to be given, and a portrait of the irrepressible man who delivered it.
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- 01 Nov 36: "It's only fair. We had to have them in the last war."
- 21 Sep 38: Warns of futility of appeasing Adolf Hitler.
- 03 Jun 39: Predicts war with Germany will come this year.
- 20 Jan 40: Famous "feed the crocodile" line to neutral nations.
- 10 May 40: Asked by King to replace Chamberlain as PM.
- 13 May 40: Famous "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" speech.
- 04 Jun 40: Gives his stern "never surrender" speech.
- 14 Jul 40: "We may show mercy, We shall ask none" speech.
- 20 Aug 40: "Never ... was so much owed by so many..."
- 23 Dec 40: "Because of one man" broadcast to Italians.
- 20 Jul 41: Inaugurates the "V for Victory" campaign.
- 08 May 45: Addresses the nation on V-E Day.
- 26 Jul 45: Defeated in first general election since 1935.
- 16 Aug 45: "Iron Curtain" speech to House of Commons.
- 05 Mar 46: Famous "Iron Curtain" speech in America.
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