Born into an aristocratic family during 1874, Winston Churchill served in World War 1 and worked as a writer before moving into politics. Once the prime minister in 1940, Churchill led a successful strategy along with the U.S. and the Soviet Union in WWII to defeat the axis and create a post-war peace.
As a young boy, Churchill grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his grandfather employed his father. When Winston was old enough, he began formal school, but soon demonstrated a rebellious and independent student. Churchill moved between schools for misbehaving; but in 1888, he narrowly passed an exam for an elite boarding school down in London. Not long after enrollment, Winston participated in a rifle corp that set him on a path to a military career. In 1991, Winston attempted to enlist for the British Royal Military College. However, he had been unsuccessful with the first and second exam. Nonetheless, Winston barely passed the exam for his third attempt; once in the college, he started to thrive and triumph graduate 20th out of 130 participants.
After the outbreak of the Second Boer War, Winston Churchill sailed to South Africa as a journalist for the Daily Mail and Morning Post in 1899. From Cape Town, he traveled to Durban and rode up to Ladysmith, a conflict zone. Not short after arrival, the convoy was beleaguered by Boer troops. Winston was taken as a prisoner of war and was sent to a POW camp in Pretoria. After two months passed, Winston and two other inmates had escaped and stowed himself aboard a freight train and traveled towards safety in Portuguese, East Africa. His escape had formed a lot of publicity, so instead of returning to London, Winton was invited to the South African Horse Regiment and pushed the Boer troops back to Pretoria where 52 prisoner guards had surrendered. After the victory, he returned to Cape Town and sailed back to Britain. After publishing his journals for Daily Mail and Morning Post, he followed his father’s footsteps and became a member of Parliament in the Conservative Party for Oldham in 1900. In 1904, he was unconvinced that the party was submitted to social justice and joined the Liberals. After 11 years of politics, Churchill resigned from the government in 1915, and returned to the British Army full-time, taking part of World War I as a Major.
The current prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, did not see Adolf Hitler’s rise to power a massive threat in 1933. At the time Winston was an advocate for the British Rearmament and started to become a real staunch critic towards Chamberlain’s policy of concession regarding the Nazis. November 3rd, 1939, the day that Britain declared war on Germany, Winston Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty and a part of the War Cabinet. Five months later in April, he converted into the chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee. Near the end of the month, Germany had attacked and occupied Norway, which setback Chamberlain, after refusing Churchill’s request to occupy Norway earlier to preempt Germany’s aggression. In May, the Parliament had a heated debate about the Norwegian crisis and came to the decision that Neville Chamberlain had to resign. A couple of days after the liberation, King George VI designated Winston Churchill as the new Prime Minister of Britain. Within hours, Germany had moved their forces forward and invaded France. Britain stood alone against the assault.
Winston Churchill had made one of his iconic speeches on June 8th, 1940, warning the House of Commons that the “Battle of Britain” would begin shortly. He kept resistance against the Nazis supremacy and had made allies with the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Churchill had already made contact with the president of The United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt 10 years ago in 1930, and a year later, he was able to secure a trade route for aid and war goods from the Lend-Lease Act. When the U.S. entered the war in December 1941, Churchill seemed self-assured that they would eventually win the war. He met with the two leaders (Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin) to discuss strategies against the Axis and the Post-War world several times in 1943 and 1945. By the end of World War II and the start of the Post-War, Winston Churchill had taken a huge role in leading the Allies to victory in desperate times.
I became interested in Sir Winston Churchill after researching “Eminent people in World War 2.” I wanted to look into someone during the war as its something new to me, and once I found Churchill, I knew he was an excellent choice for this project. At the moment, I can see myself following a similar path as Winston. He was an outstanding leader, and I am on my way to becoming one. I have taken part in leadership courses, and I am right now in a vast leadership program. Churchill was British and lived near all of my family down in England. I feel connected to him, and after researching, I found out that we are very alike.
Similarities between Churchill and I:
|Noah Breakspear||Winston Churchill|
|British Background||British background|
|One sibling (sister)||One sibling (brother)|
|Privileged childhood||Privileged childhood|
|Stayed in school||Moved between schools due to misbehaving|
|Academic path||Military path|
|Anglican (Christian)||Not religious|
The only struggle and challenge I am currently facing is probably finding someone to interview. I have already attempted to email Churchill’s grandson, Nicholas Soames but his secretary replied saying that he was too busy to take part in an interview. Other than that, I think that I could exceed during the Night of the Notables. I enjoy learning about Winston Churchill, and I am excited to go more into depth in the next five weeks.
See you at the end, Winston!