A year ago Winston Churchill was the British minister in charge of the navy. He was one of the leading advocates of the Gallipoli campaign; its failure saw him demoted to a more junior cabinet role. Late November he resigned from the cabinet, in frustration at his exclusion from discussions of military strategy.
After leaving cabinet, Churchill joined the army as an officer, hoping to be appointed a brigadier-general. However his political opponents did not want him to receive such a prominent position and it would have been problematic to promote him ahead of more deserving army officers. He is instead given the rank of lieutenant-colonel and given a battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers to command. The former minister will be a frontline commander.