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Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging

Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging


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Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging

Winston Churchill at Antwerp. By October 1914, World War I was raging and the Germans were threatening vital Antwerp -one of Belgiums last lines of defense. Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War (and the whole Asquith cabinet with him), feared Antwerps fall would jeopardize the French coast. Yet Belgium informed Whitehall that they would have to surrender by 5 October. Churchill, enroute to France for consultations with the British commander, was called back to London. At once he volunteered to reroute himself to Antwerp, and report to Kitchener whether relief was possible. Kitchener meanwhile promised troops under Sir Henry Rawlinson to relieve the Belgians, and also said he would ask the French to supply territorial soldiers. Churchill was in Antwerp in 48 hours, rallying the dispirited Belgians. An eyewitness wrote later to Martin Gilbert: " He put his ideas forcefully, waving his stick and thumping the ground with it."

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This print captures a pivotal moment during World War I, showcasing Winston Churchill at Antwerp in October 1914. As the war raged on and the Germans posed a significant threat to Antwerp, one of Belgium's last lines of defense, Lord Kitchener and his cabinet feared the potential consequences for the French coast. With Belgium informing Whitehall that surrender was inevitable by 5 October, Churchill, enroute to France for consultations with British commanders, received an urgent call back to London. Without hesitation, Churchill volunteered to reroute himself to Antwerp and assess whether relief was possible. In response, Kitchener promised troops under Sir Henry Rawlinson to aid the Belgians and sought territorial soldiers from the French as well. Within just 48 hours, Churchill arrived in Antwerp where he immediately set about rallying dispirited Belgian forces. Eyewitness accounts vividly describe Churchill's passionate demeanor as he forcefully conveyed his ideas while waving his stick and thumping it against the ground. His presence brought renewed hope amidst uncertainty. This remarkable print from Memory Lane Prints serves as a poignant reminder of Winston Churchill's unwavering dedication during times of crisis. It encapsulates his willingness to go above and beyond for his countrymen and allies alike—a testament to his indomitable spirit throughout history's darkest moments.

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