Wars to Remember

The Borough of Lambeth is the site of one of five museums making up the Imperial War Museum. As the first of the Imperial War Museums, it was established in 1917 as a reminder of those who fought in World War I. Since then it has expanded to encompass wars fought thereafter. It’s current location has been used since 1936 in what was once a hospital. Relic’s from the wars can be seen throughout the building. It also hold an extensive archive, and with a pass obtained online, you can conduct research there in the reading room. https://www.iwm.org.uk/ There is a holocaust section on the top floor showing the atrocities of the Nazi’s during World War II. It is a somber place and all seem to walk in silence as they make their way through the exhibit.

In 2017 I visited the War Rooms of Winston Churchill. Thanks to the persistence of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980’s, the IWM took over the care of the War Rooms in hope to preserve them for all to see. Located in the basement of what is now the Treasury Building in London, the War Rooms were to be a safe place where Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and his Cabinet could have debates and make decisions on what to do about the ever growing tyranny of Hitler. A wonderful example of these rooms and Churchill’s plight can be see in the movie, “Darkest Hour,” but nothing really compares to seeing the rooms for yourself. Churchill made some of the toughest decisions a leader can make, all the while dealing with those who opposed him. He was unyielding in his desires to rid the world of such a man as Hitler, and his ideologies. Within these very rooms Churchill would be in secret correspondence with Franklin D. Roosevelt, in hope he could get the Isolationists of America to join in the fight. Britain and the United States along with the rest of the world owe much to his persistence. As you can see, I have a great like for the man, despite many of his shortcomings. If you are a history buff, it is a must see. https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

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