Winston Churchill, in full Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (born November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England—died January 24, 1965, London), British statesman, orator, and author who was as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55).
Winston Churchill, a far from perfect politician, a far from perfect husband, father and man but was arguably the perfect person to rise to the position of prime minister and war leader in 1940.
During the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi part in the 1930’s his was the solitary voice that warned all who would listen. Whilst the majority favoured appeasement it was Winston Churchill who knew, it was he who could see the very serious threat, the malice and intent that grew with every single oratory delivered by Adolf Hitler.
If you travel to Russia, they will tell you that they defeated the Nazis and those in America would tell you it was they. The reality and truth is it was a combined effort and Winston Churchill the man, not just Great Britain and her empire was pivotal.
During the second world war no country suffered as much as Russia with over 20 million dead, the majority of those who were innocent civilians.
Joseph Stalin, the only leader of the main protagonists to hold power from the beginning to the end caused more damage to his military forces before the war even began, executing thousands of officers who he believed could pose a threat to his rule and his purges severely weakened the Red Army and if it were not for the Nazis being forced to fight on two fronts the outcome would have been very different.
America may say that they saved Great Britain with their help and involvement and of course it was crucial but if Great Britain had fallen in 1940 when it seemed likely then where could the US army have gathered and launched their invasion of Europe from in 1944?
Many forget or do not realise that though Hitler waged his war on the world he in fact only declared war on one nation, the United States.
In 1940 Neville Chamberlain walked away amid chants and scorn in the houses of parliament and Winston Churchill replaced him and at this time the situation was very grim, it seemed inevitable that GB would fall.