On this day in 1940, Winston Churchill became the British Prime Minister. Revered as one of the greatest leaders of Great Britain, Churchill struck inspiration into the hearts of a nation under threat during the toils of WWII. Despite his warnings being overlooked, Churchill was among the first to realise the impending threat of Hitler far in advance of the war and therefore refused to consider an armistice with Hitler's Germany. Along with his role as PM, he created and took up the post as Minister of Defence, remedying public criticism for the lack of an authority in charge of the administration of the war. Renowned for his rhetoric and celebrated for his speeches, Churchill emboldened his nation with lines such as "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat" and "we shall never surrender". And surrender he did not, seeing Britain through the hilt of the war and to victory, cementing him in history as a champion and hero.