Churchill Medal - Never In the Field of Human Conflict

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Date:1970

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Twenty-four carat gold on silver medal from London, 1970

Diameter 44mm

This is one of a set of four Churchill medals designed by David Cornell and minted by John Pinches (medallists). The medals celebrate the 25th Anniversary of peace in Europe after the Second World War. The obverse features a portrait of Churchill raising his right hand with the 'peace' salute. He has a cigar in his mouth and wears a pinstripe suite jacket and waistcoat and a bow tie. To the bottom left is the name of the designer, 'Cornell'. The reverse features a rectangular plaque flanked by two Union Jacks on flagpoles and with a lion's head above. The inscription on the plaque is an exerpt from a speech made by Churchill to the House of Commons on 20th August 1940 when the Battle of Britain had reached a crisis point. Fighter Command resources in the south were exhausted and the German attack was soon to be directed against the RAF airfields.

'The gratitude of every home...goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW.'

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M3379.1980.2 (66/16964)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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