Marine Raiders and their scouting and messenger dogs on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, 1943. In the pacific theatre (and in later conflicts such as Korea or Vietnam) dogs were used to silently locate ambushes, booby traps and weapons caches before their human colleagues stumbled into them.
(J. Sarno/US Marines via Wikipedia)
Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965.
Once merely assimilated by his grand-mother to a nasty little bulldog, Churchill turned out to be one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.
Churchill firstly came to be known by the public as an accomplished war-correspondent. Alternating the roles of army officer and journalist, Churchill covered several military campaigns of the late XIX British Empire, ranging from the Madhist Revolt to the Second Boer War. Both as a soldier and as a journalist, Churchill was known for his leadership talents and his reckless daring during action.
After retiring from the army in 1900, Churchill joined the ranks of the Conservative Party. In Parliament, Churchill soon built himself the reputation of being a bold politician and a brilliant orator. The first World War found him First Lord of the Admiralty, a position which he assumed until 1915. He then had to resign following the debacle of the Gallipoli-campaign, and rejoined the army as battalion commander.
During the Interwar, Chuchill is one of the main figures multiplying warnings against the rise of Nazi-Germany and the need for Great-Britain to rearm. Accordingly, Churchill is also one of the most virulent critics of Chamberlain’s appeasement policy.
One of his most famous quotes was delivered after the signature of the 1938 Munich Agreement, denouncing the latter: ‘You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.’
Churchill returned to power at the outbreak of the Second World War and became Prime Minister a few months later. His iron will and his resignation to defeat Nazi-Germany at all cost played a very important role in the final Allied victory. Churchill’s speeches during the war especially inspired the British people throughout the conflict.
Also a model of vision, Churchill was one of the first to grasp the true extend of the Communist Regime.and the threat it constituted to the Western World.