Winston Churchill was the prime minister of Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He is most famous for his leadership during World War II, when he rallied the victorious Allied forces. Prior to his service as prime minister, he served as a soldier, a member of Parliament, president of the Board of Trade, minister of War and Air and colonial secretary.Continue Reading
After the beginning of World War II, Churchill campaigned for Britain to re-arm and protect itself from the German Nazi troops that invaded its neighbors. He was serving as chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee before being elected as prime minister, replacing Neville Chamberlain. Churchill allied with Russian leader Josef Stalin and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States to fight the Axis Powers of Germany, Italy and Japan.
After Britain's shared victory in World War II, Churchill was briefly replaced as prime minister while he campaigned in the United States against his former ally, the Soviet Union. It was during this time that he gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech, warning of socialism and its impact on Europe. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Winston Churchill died at the age of 90 in January 1965 after suffering a severe stroke.Learn more about World War 2
The Atlantic Charter resulted from a meeting between U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt, and the British prime minister Winston Churchill. The charter served as a public representation of the solidarity between their two countries against the Axis powers during WWII.Full Answer >
At the outbreak of World War II, which was sparked by the 1939 German invasion of Poland, Neville Chamberlain was the prime minister of the United Kingdom; he was succeeded by Winston Churchill in 1940, who remained prime minister until July 1945. Clement Attlee replaced Churchill as prime minister in July 1945 and, although the war was technically still ongoing at that point, Attlee is not considered to be a wartime prime minister. The United Kingdom had suspended elections during the war, and elections were not held again until Germany had surrendered.Full Answer >
Neville Chamberlain was prime minister of the United Kingdom before Winston Churchill. Chamberlain took office on May 28, 1937, and his tenure was ended on May 10, 1940.Full Answer >
As of April 2014, the value of a 1965 Winston Churchill commemorative coin varies from about $6 to $13 on average. The condition of the coin affects the price.Full Answer >