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Transcript of Winston Churchill
the significance of
during World War II
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.
. Winston Churchill was a talented orator who delivered stirring speeches which were known to be motivational, inspiring his people to make more sacrifices towards the war
. One of his famous speeches being "We shall fight on the beaches"was delivered to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United States on 4 June 1940. During this speech, Churchill had to give warning on a great military disaster without putting the audience in doubt of ultimate victory.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
. The Grand Alliance was an alliance uniting the the Soviet Union (led by Joseph Stalin), the United States (led by Franklin Roosevelt) and Great Britain (led by Winston Churchill). In order for this alliance to form, Churchill's relationship with FDR was crucial.
Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill were often referred to as "The Big Three"
. The alliance was also known as the "Strange Alliance" as it incorporated the world's greatest capitalist state, the greatest communist state and the greatest colonial power
Ultimately The Grand Alliance was essential for the defeat of Nazi Germany
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the periods of 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955. As well as being a British politician, Churchill was an officer in the British Army, historian, writer, artist and was well regarded as one of the greatest wartime leader of the 20th Century.
The Big Three - Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill - at the Teheran Conference
In 1940 a War Cabinet was formed under Churchill comprising of members from Labour, National, and Conservative parties. A War Cabinet was essential for efficient decision-making throughout the war, as well as maintaining party co-operation
Churchill with his war cabinet in 1940
For members of the War Cabinet . . .
Special Operations Executive
The SOE was established in July 1940 with the main objective of aiding the resistance movements in Europe i.e. French Resistance in order to weaken and destabalise the Germans occupying Europe.
. Sabotage was done by the use of various explosive weapons in order to bomb enemy controlled trains, bridges and factories
Limpet mines, time fuses and shaped charges were developed by the SOE as the pioneering the of plastic explosive which were easily molded to accomplish any destructive task
Maquisards (Resistance fighters) in the Haute-Savoie departement in August 1944. Third and fourth from the left are two SOE officers
The Atlantic Charter was a crucial policy statement drafted by Britain and the United States, which outlined the post-war aims that were to be achieved consequent to the alliance.
The Charter included: free access to raw materials; decline of trade restrictions; freedom from fear and want; global cooperation to ensure better economic and social conditions; ; freedom of the seas; and withdrawal of the use of force, as well as demilitarisation of instigator nations
Winston Churchill's edited copy of the final draft of the Atlantic Charter