Churchill dreamed early on of serving in the British Army. He had a massive toy soldier collection with which he would play for hours, repositioning his troops and readying them for battle. His father preferred him to join the infantry but, against his father’s wishes, he joined the cavalry.
Though it took him three tries to finally gain entrance to Sandhurst, it was the first significant milestone in beginning his career on the world stage. Upon graduation, he was given a commission in the 4th (Queen’s Own) Hussars.
His early military career would lead him to world fame and later contribute to him winning his first political election. (Though he lost the first election he stood for at Oldham, he won the second.)
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