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John B. Severance, Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist (New York: Clarion Books, 1996), 17.

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Churchill applied this policy to his duties as First Lord of the Admiralty and set about thoroughly preparing Britain’s fleet for war. He also studied German naval progress, strength, and maneuvers. A mere four years later, World War I broke out, and thanks to Churchill’s wisdom, the British Navy was well prepared for battle. In summary, Churchill possessed exceptional strategic foresight, tempered with a healthy dose of realism. As one observer wrote, “Churchill had great foresight, but he knew the future is mostly unpredictable.” 13 We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. 6 Throughout history there have been numerous attempts to convey the need to keep strong under pressure – but Churchill, in his lexical wisdom, put it succinctly when he “KBO” (Keep Buggering On).The Munich Agreement” in Sir Winston Churchill & World War II: Remembering “Their Finest Hour,” High School Summer Study Abroad (Hillsdale: Hillsdale College, 2008), 55. Included with all pens in the Churchill Heritage Collection is a companion book entitled “All Will Be Well: Good Advice From Winston Churchill”, which features 120 quotes, phrases and sayings penned by the former Prime Minister.


Although one of his more tongue-in-cheek maxims the essence of it conveys something Churchill knew all too well. During his time as First Lord of the Admiralty in the First World War, Churchill oversaw one of Britain’s worst military defeats – the Gallipoli Campaign . Below the maxim is an engraved recreation of Churchill’s signature and the mark of pride that each Conway Stewart pen is “Made in Britain”.Churchill’s typists were also to find that, however bad his moods could be in dire moments of the war, he always had words of comfort for them and a ready smile-—his “beatific grin,” as Marian Holmes called it. “Don’t mind me,” he would say after an outburst, “it’s not you—it’s the war.” On one occasion, in November1944, finding Marian Holmes and her colleague Elizabeth Layton working in the Hawtrey Room and Chequers without a fire, he commented, “Oh, you poor things. You must light a fire and get your coats. It’s just as well I came in”— and he proceeded to light the fire himself, piling it high with logs. 20 In association with Churchill Heritage Ltd, Conway Stewart has produced the Churchill Heritage Collection, a series of limited edition writing instruments with designs inspired by the words of the great man himself. “KBO” is the fourth in the series. THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE

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