Friday, September 16, 2011

The Toy Soldiers of Winston Churchill

It is not widely known, but Winston Churchill was born into a world of privilege. He was born at Blenheim Palace, although he never lived there. The estate was passed on to his cousin, the 9th duke.

But, during the summer of 1908, in the gardens of Blenheim at the Temple of Diana overlooking the lake, Churchill proposed to his future wife, Clementine Hozier.

The great historian Ralph Raico has written of Churchill that he had a sick love for war. "It began early," writes Raico. "As a child he had a huge collection of toy soldiers, 1500 of them, and he played with them for years after most boys turn to other things...He loved war as few modern men ever have- he even loved 'the bangs' as he called them..."

A friend who recently toured Blenheim managed to snap this photograph, when a tour guide wasn't looking, of one of Churchill's toy soldier sets, which is on display at the palace. Says the friend, "It's not any ordinary toy soldier set."


  1. Maybe he was what we would call a "neocon". I don't know enough details to fully understand his role in WWII.

    1. What the devil are you talking about?

    2. What he's talking about is that maybe Churchill was the kind of guy that went looking for war and liked them, rather than feeling forced by circumstances to fight them and finding them horrible and distasteful the way a normal and moral man would.

  2. Raico:

    As a child, he had a huge collection of toy soldiers, 1500 of them, and he played with them for many years after most boys turn to other things. They were "all British," [Robert Menzies] tells us, and he fought battles with his brother Jack, who "was only allowed to have colored troops; and they were not allowed to have artillery."

  3. This is a must-view video about who financed Churchill's political endeavors:

  4. @ Deft,

    Suggest Pat Buchanan's "Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War".

    For summary, see

  5. Bruce Fein supports the draft.

  6. Illuminati (Churchill was no doubt a member) have an obsession with toy soldiers, mannequins, models and the like.

    The computer game Deus Ex: Human Revolution does a good job describing their plans for humanity. Take a look at this cutscene:

    It's pretty stomach churning to even watch.

  7. @ Deft,

    For more insight, check out Ralph Raico's Rethinking Churchill