10 Things You Didn’t Know About Winston Churchill


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WW2 British PM Winston Churchill is, arguably, one of the most respected leaders of the 20th century [which is a feat considering all the political figures this century had] and because of that, there is no shortage of historians who are devoted at telling everything about the life of the WW2 British PM. Even so, WHO has made up a list of 10 things you may not know about the WW2 British PM.

If you know them then, fine but if you don’t, at least you have something to brag about the next time you see your history enthusiast friends!

1. The WW2 British PM and His Love for Silk Undies

We all care about what’s underneath our pants [and skirts for the women] and we splurge on underwear that are not on sale from time to time. WW2 British PM Winston Churchill was no different.

However, his love for comfortable undies go more than that — he preferred them to be made out of “very fine woven silk [said to be in pale pink color]” from the Army and navy stores. During the Second World War, silk must have been a highly restricted commodity as Mrs. Churchill divulged that her husband’s undies “cost the eyes out of his head”.

So, it could be said that the WW2 British PM rallied the whole United Kingdom into winning the Second World War with a cigar, a snifter of whisky and a pair of pale pink silk undies.

2. The WW2 British PM, His Love for Whisky and India

Churchill’s love for something with alcohol is a common knowledge. It is even said that one time he commented on how he had made it a rule in his life never to drink nonalcoholic drinks between meals.

But did you know that the WW2 British PM used to hate whisky? But a trip in India changed that.

It was in the subcontinent where he learned to drink it the right way and thus, developing an “acquired taste” for it. Soon, he deviated into Johnny Walker which he drank with soda.

3. The WW2 British PM and His Fondness for Cats [or Animals for that Matter]

While most history buffs see the WW2 British Prime Minister as akin to the British bulldog for very obvious reasons, Churchill in real life was very fond of cats.

As a matter of fact, there was one cat he really loved — his marmalade-hued with white bib and socks feline friend, Jock. The cat was named after his private secretary, Sir John “Jock” Colville and had left a legacy that even after the death of the WW2 British PM, it was put into writing that a marmalade cat named Jock should be Chartwell’s [now run by the National Trust] resident feline.

And that has been carried on until today.

4. The WW2 British PM “Flashing” the WW2 American President

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Winston Churchill didn’t give a fig about what others thought about him. One time, he flashed WW2 American President Franklin D.Roosevelt. He slipped a bath towel off all the while declaring that he “had nothing to hide”.

5. The WW2 British PM and His Fondness for Cats [or Animals for that Matter] Part II

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The WW2 British PM was not only known for his unwavering will during the war. He was also known to take on a number of animals as pets. If that doesn’t convince you that Churchill was an animal lover, then this anecdote will.

One time, the WW2 British PM asked his wife, Clementine, to carve the goose they were having for dinner.

“You’ll have to carve it, Clemmie. He was my friend,” he said.

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