’Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ goes the old adage − and in 1940, that man was Winston Churchill. This giant of British history did not win the war single− handedly, but his words and actions played a great part in the eventual victory. Indeed, his influence on the nation is reflected in a myriad of associated collectables, now known as Churchilliana. Austin J Ruddy looks at the wartime objects reflecting Churchill’s ‘finest hour’.
SIR WINSTON Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) is no doubt well known to readers. Born into an aristocratic Oxfordshire family, the young Churchill was educated at several private schools including Harrow, where, although academically capable, his mind was elsewhere: this is perhaps the first sign of his characteristic bulldog independence.