In 1998, a monument to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was erected on the famous Champs Elysees in Paris (Statue de Winston Churchill).
Legend of all time
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill - statesman, strategist, military man, orator. He was fond of painting and literature. In 2002, the BBC, through a poll of the XNUMX Greatest Britons, was voted the most significant person in British history.
The monument is located near the Small Palace in the immediate vicinity of the monuments to Georges Clemenceau and Charles de Gaulle. The famous trio, christened by the Parisians as "Three Walking Men", is located in the neighborhood between the Champs Elysees and the Pont Alexandre III. The sculptor who created these creations is Jacques Cardot.
"A man in military uniform"
The statue depicts a stout man of age, dressed in an overcoat and a military cap. The tense gaze is eliminated forward, the walking posture expresses decisiveness. The left hand elegantly holds the cane.
The monument is made of bronze. Mounts on a pedestal that resembles a road. The engraved inscription reads "We will never surrender." The quote is from a speech in the House of Commons on June 4, 1940.
Historical background of the union of the parties
The installation of the monument is dedicated to the memory of the Anglo-French alliance in 1939-1940. The chosen inscription on the pedestal is also not accidental. In June 1940, after Germany launched the French Campaign, Wehrmacht forces broke through the French defenses and separated the British and French troops. The result was the fall of France, the occupation and the announcement of surrender.
In his speech, the politician foresees these events and prepares his people for the fact that France will soon withdraw from the war, and it will not be possible to save her, and British weapons will continue the battle over tyranny until victory.
During the French campaign, Churchill did his best to maintain the fighting spirit of the French. He actively advocated the sending of military equipment (fighters) to the Allies, during the defense, which took place along the Somme River.
The act of vandalism
In 2009, on the eve of the anniversary of the liberation of Paris from occupation, an act of vandalism was registered against the monument. Unknown persons poured red paint on him, most of which fell on his hands.
Also, the engraved inscription was erased and the initials RH were inscribed. Later, the monument was restored.
It was not possible to establish the perpetrators and motives.
Address: 13 Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 75008
Metro: Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau
Bus: Grand Palais