George VI

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George VI
  1. Intro
    1. What is a Hero?
      1. Courageous
        1. Had to do something that challenged them
          1. Can step up when needed
            1. Able to deal with big things
              1. Put a brave face on even when he\she questions capability/ if they can cope
              2. Dates
                1. 1895-1952
                  1. Abdication 1936
                  2. Unprepared
                    1. Pursuit of what he ought to be doing rather than what he wanted to do
                  3. PARA 2
                    1. Ailments
                      1. Famous stammer
                        1. Lack of confidence
                          1. Stomach
                            1. Knock knees
                              1. splints
                                1. Left
                                2. Father
                                  1. Spent time in army
                                    1. Ran household like military camp
                                      1. Affliction is weakness
                                      2. Mother
                                        1. Cold
                                          1. Didn't show emotion
                                            1. Didn't approve of anyone who did
                                            2. Marriage
                                              1. Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
                                                1. Gave strength and confidence
                                                2. Outshone
                                                  1. Quicker
                                                    1. Funnier
                                                      1. More attractive
                                                      2. Under Confidence from Stammer or Vice versa?
                                                      3. Navy
                                                        1. Joined at 14
                                                          1. Found hard
                                                            1. Never mixed
                                                              1. Didn't excel but did well enough
                                                                1. Would have been happy with that life
                                                                2. PARA 4
                                                                  1. When it became clear about Simpson George said: 'If the worst happens and i have to take over... I will do my best to clear up the inevitable mess"
                                                                    1. Crowned as war starts
                                                                      1. Dedicated to country, people and commonwealth
                                                                        1. Monarchy at low
                                                                          1. Overcrowding
                                                                            1. Hospitals and schools in bad states
                                                                              1. Worked tirelessly to fix it
                                                                              2. Travel
                                                                                1. Extensive
                                                                                  1. First to go to US and Canada
                                                                                    1. Close relationship with Roosevelt which helped in war when they needed US
                                                                                      1. Homeboy
                                                                                        1. Conservative, didn't change for changes sake, careful
                                                                                          1. Speciality- industrial relations, understood fundamental problems
                                                                                        2. PARA 5
                                                                                          1. Stayed in London for most of WW2
                                                                                            1. Accepted rations
                                                                                              1. Visited bombed areas and injured troops
                                                                                              2. Good chem. with Chamberlain and Churchill
                                                                                                1. One of closest working relationships ever
                                                                                                2. Even when BP bombed twice they still stayed
                                                                                                  1. Courageous, morale boosting
                                                                                                    1. Second bomb only 30 yds away from them
                                                                                                    2. George Cross for 'Acts of the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger"
                                                                                                      1. Wanted to go to D-Day
                                                                                                        1. Monarch was tricky in war
                                                                                                          1. Limited
                                                                                                            1. Keeping everyone positive
                                                                                                              1. Carved out perfect role
                                                                                                                1. Using common sense and judgement which Churchill respected
                                                                                                                  1. George knew Churchill's lead was indispensable
                                                                                                                2. Aspect of war could have been so different
                                                                                                                  1. Roosevelt
                                                                                                                    1. Edward sympathetic to nazis
                                                                                                                      1. Lucky George did what he did
                                                                                                                    2. Conclusion
                                                                                                                      1. Deserving
                                                                                                                        1. Most signicant, figurehead of pride and determination of Britain
                                                                                                                          1. Sincere
                                                                                                                            1. Honest
                                                                                                                              1. Incredible integrity
                                                                                                                              2. With the rest of Europe in chaos the stability George brought was invaluable
                                                                                                                                1. Has to be hero worthy
                                                                                                                                  1. Not everything down to him but was a huge part of it
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