Winston Churchill and His Leadership During World War II Essay

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Winston Churchill and His Leadership During World War II Winston Churchill symbolized Britain during World War II. His image, and that of the British people as a whole, was one of defiance in the face of overwhelming adversity. His galvanizing and courageous leadership as Prime Minister of Britain during World War II was the catalyst for the stubborn resistance of the British and the ultimate victory of the Allied forces over Hitler. His speeches stirred the masses and mobilized the British. When everything continued to go wrong, when things could seemingly get no worse, he was there to encourage and give support to the Allied armies. With his inspiring speeches, he motivated the nation of Great…show more content…
He loved the school and his classes, so he studied hard. He graduated in 1885, with honors, 20th in his class of 130. (Webb 15-19) Churchill's active war experiences are limited to being in the midst of a rebellion in Cuba, serving with the Malakand Field Force in India from 1896-97, and serving in the cavalry during the reconquest of Sudan, Egypt. (Gilbert 17) After Churchill's tenure in India, he ran for a seat in Parliament. He spoke well, but the opposition he faced was just too strong. He lost his first try at an electoral office. Churchill ran for political office many times after this initial failure. In 1901, he won a seat in the House of Commons. From 1908-1939, he held many political offices. Some include: First Lord of the Admiralty, Minister of Munitions, Secretary for War and Air, and Chancellor of the Exchequer. All of these positions pale when held in comparison to his service as Prime Minister. He held this position twice during his life: once during World War II from 1940-1945, and again from 1951-1955. (Bra*censored*, Internet) In 1938, Adolf Hitler of Germany annexed Austria to the "Greater German Reich Groszdentschland." His forces were continuing to move, and before long, they would begin pushing westward. (Braakhius, Internet) The Prime Minister of Britain at this time was Neville Chamberlain. He met with Hitler, and Hitler promised him that he had would not further extend Germany's holdings.
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