5 Untold & Shocking Facts About Winston Churchill | #DarkestHour. DARKEST HOUR is in UK Cinemas from January 12th.
I was inspired to do this video due to the release of the film Darkest Hour which hits UK cinemas on January 12th.
I was lucky enough to watch the film at the premiere in London and I got to say it's an extraordinary film that really captures the struggles & achievements Churchill faced during world war 2.
It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and I think its safe to say his performance was probably some of the best acting I have ever seen.
So do make sure you catch Darkest Hour in UK cinemas on January 12th.
But anyway for this list, I'll be showing you 5 untold & shocking facts about Winston Churchill.
5) He was extremely accident prone
Throughout his life, Churchill has had some very odd accidents.
Not only was he extremely accident prone, he was also very lucky to walk away from a lot of his accidents.
For example, as a youth, he once suffered a concussion and a ruptured kidney while playfully throwing himself off a bridge.
Don't ask how that happened, it just somehow did.
He also nearly drowned in a Swiss lake, he's fallen numerous times off horses and even somehow dislocated his shoulder while disembarking from a ship in India.
Whilst learning to fly he also crashed the plane, and when he was in New York he got hit by a car as he looked the wrong way when crossing the road.
Amazingly he walked away from all his incidents pretty unharmed and never suffered any long-term damage.
In fact, he lived until the age of 90 which is for his time very old.
4) He was voted out of office before WW2 ended
Its pretty incredible to think that Churchill was actually voted out of office before world war 2 ended.
While at this point Germany already surrendered but Japan didn't.
Despite leading Britain to victory over Nazi Germany, and even coming up with the plan of the Dunkirk Miracle, the British people felt it was time for him to go.
The reason for this is because the Labour Party painted Churchills Conservative Party as anti-worker and anti-welfare.
It wasn't until after the war when people looked back at what happened did Churchill's accomplishments really sink in.
However this didn't bother Churchill and in fact, he even said "They have a perfect right to kick us out, that is a democracy. That is what we have been fighting for"
3) His famous speeches were only a few months apart
Churchill made some very famous speeches in his time.
But the majority of his famous speeches were only a few months apart.
When he became prime minister in May 1940, Britain was in a bad situation.
Nazi Germany conquered much of Europe, and it wouldn't have been long until they invaded Britain.
With a near-certain attack coming and over 300,000 British troops stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, things were not looking good.
People within parliament were prepared to roll over and try and negotiate some sort of peace treaty with Germany.
But Churchill didn't see that as an option, he famously said:
"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"
His stance was at the time ambitious, considering the situation Britain was in.
But it worked and after years of Battle Germany surrendered.
2) He escaped from a prison camp
In 1899 Churchill was serving as a military officer in South Africa.
He was on a train when it was ambushed by Boers, the descendants of Dutch settlers who were fighting the British at the time.
He was captured and marched to a prison camp.
It didn't take him long to escape the camp by scaling a wall at night.
Two fellow prisoners turned back but Churchill kept going.
With no real plan in sight, he stumbled upon a house of a British coal mine manager who nicely let him hide out for three days.
He then sent Churchill on a wool filled rail truck into Mozambique.
From there Churchill caught a ship back to South Africa and rushed to the front.
He became an instant hero for what he did.
1) His mother was American
Churchill is an icon in Britain which makes it even more shocking that he's only half British.
You see it wasn't uncommon for British aristocrats to marry the rich from other countries.
His father Lord Randolph Churchill married Jennie Jerome, a Brooklyn born woman from a wealthy family in the finance industry.
The couple had two children together, Winston born in 1874 and Jack born in 1880.
When Churchill's father passed away his mother remarried twice with men two decades her junior.
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