He was sexist, power hungry, irrational, and illogical.
He was not a good man.
I'm not going to do that here. I am going to say that Winston Churchill was the sure hand that was needed to save the world. After the debacle that was Neville Chamberlain, Britain needed a warrior at the helm. Gone was the time for talks, for deliberation, and for posturing. War was upon them and they needed someone who knew war.
Yes, the man they chose was short, pudgy, unattractive, and coarse. But, what did any of that matter when you had a war to fight. Did America balk whenever a situation called for Patton? In our personal doings, when the situation is dire, do we call the person most qualified to help, or do we think of the most attractive acquaintance?
So, with disaster realized, France fallen, 40 to 60% of tanks and artillery abandoned in the evacuation of Dunkirk, and the impending direct confrontation with the unstoppable German might, the right man came into power. I won't go into how Winston Churchill came to be prime minister, but it is a story that is well told in two movies, The Gathering Storm, and Into The Storm. Suffice to say, at the end of the day, the right man was put in the position to do what had to be done in the face of incredible odds against Britain, and the world. And, fly with it, he did.
With France out of the equation, Britain now stood alone. Hitler knew that to take Britain would be to take the world. Have no doubt of this. Taking Britain would mean Hitler could concentrate everything against Russia.
With Paris taken on June 14th and France calling for armistice three days later, on June 18th, Churchill spoke to the House of Commons, naming the upcoming Battle of Britain.
The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'