Sunday 11 November 2018

Sunday Snap – The War Leader

We were visiting the birthplace of a Victorian Author for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked who the famous writer was and the answer is

Charles Dickens

Penning the write (see what I did there?!) answer were Kara, Cheryl, Anne and Anne.

This week on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice we are looking at the statue of the leader of the country during World War Two. On 3rd September 1939 the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, made a radio announcement to the nation that the country was at war with Germany. By May 1940 the war wasn't going the way the British had hoped and after Germany had invaded it was clear there was no confidence in the leadership of Chamberlain and resigned as prime minister. His choice was to take over was the Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, and it seemed he was the popular choice all round. However, Lord Halifax did not think he was right man for the job and instead it went to man who at the time was First Lord of the Admiralty.

While some had hoped for a quick end to the war the new prime minister prepared the country for a long war. He became known for his rousing and memorable speeches. His as prime minister included the line, “ I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Other famous quotes included, “We shall fight them on the beaches”, “This was their finest hour” and “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Almost five years to the day that he became prime minister he was able to announce to the country that Germany had surrendered. Vast crowds gathered in Whitehall to see the prime minister standing on the balcony of the Ministry of Health so he could address them and give his 'V for Victory' sign with two fingers. Within two weeks he had resigned as prime minister and the first general election since 1935 was called. When the result was finally confirmed on 26th July Clement Attlee's Labour Party won a landslide victory with a majority of 145 seats. This week's question is

Who is the wartime leader?

We were joined last week by Sara and some of her favourite images of autumn colour and teensy orchids. Lisa has been papercutting with Keshet. There's been a visit to 10 Downing Street and the London Eye. There was one scary Halloween clown at Cheryl's. Halloween at Susan's saw gingerbread men and witches. Tea and Cake for the Soul paid their respects at Rosecrans Cemetery for Remembrance Day. In Greece Minoru found isolated monasteries. Soma has been using her fountain pen and paintbox as quilting inspiration. Finally, Jesh has found a special meaning in her painting.

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