Churchill became a leading advocate of British rearmament after the Nazi Party, led by Hitler, took power in Germany in 1933.
A stern critic of Neville Chamberlain, Churchill attacked the policy of appeasement pursued by the new Conservative government.
In 1939 he prophetically argued that Britain and France should strike a military alliance with the Soviet Union.
It is possible to draw the conclusion that Churchill’s stance during this period, which was proven right, was important in underpinning and lending credibility and compelling force to the robust approach he later took to the management of the country at war.
1929 began with Churchill serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer (during the period of this office he had controversially returned Britain to the Gold Standard in 1925 and taken a strong line against the General Strike in 1926).
However, with the defeat of the Conservative Government in May of 1929 Churchill lost office.
Labour, led by Ramsay Mac Donald, took the leadership of a hung Parliament.
When Mac Donald subsequently formed the so-called National Government in 1931 Churchill was not invited to join the Cabinet because he had acquired a reputation as a right-wing extremist.
Chamberlain resigned and on 10th May, 1940, George VI appointed Churchill as Prime Minister.
Churchill proceeded to form a coalition government and shrewdly appointed leading lights of the Labour Party such as Ernest Bevin, Clement Attlee, Stafford Cripps and Hugh Dalton to influential positions.