"I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial... I was sure I would not fail."
Both the Axis and the Allies used Churchill's image in art during the war. The British celebrated him with Churchill teapots, busts and desk ornaments. The Nazis and Japanese published cartoons portraying him as an oppressor of India and a warmonger. "Monster! You make us suffer!" reads the top caption in French.
Before the war, the press depicted Churchill as a warmonger who was far more interested in needless military buildup than in helping the public. For years, he argued for building up Britain's air force and navy to little avail. When the war came, his political foresight became obvious.
Churchill's determination and drive inspired the people around him. He worked 18-hour days and weekends, exhausting himself to win the war. This one focus so occupied him that he cared little for politeness. "He did not mean to be unkind," his personal secretary Elizabeth Nel said. "He was just heart and soul engaged in winning the war."
"When a heavy attack developed, I found nothing so heartrending as the constant reduction in the number of ships in a convoy. One had to take down the cardboard symbol from the chart, erase the scribbled total on it and substitute a lower figure, perhaps only to repeat this process within a short while."
-Lieutenant Commander D.P. Capper
When Churchill entered the chamber of Parliament after losing the election, Conservatives sang "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" in his honor. Labour sang a socialist song, "The Red Flag" instead. After losing his office as Prime Minister, Churchill continued to warn the world about the threat of communism. "Trying to maintain good relations with a communist is like wooing a crocodile," he said. Defining the Cold War, Churchill coined the term "Iron Curtain" in a speech about the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe. Churchill remained in Parliament until a year before he died, serving one more term as Prime Minister from 1951 to 1955. He also took time to pursue his lifetime hobby of painting.