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"I am perhaps the only man who has passed through the twosupreme cataclysms of recorded history in high executive office... I was in thissecond struggle with Germany for more than five years the head of His Majesty'sGovernment. I write therefore from a different standpoint and with moreauthority than was possible in my earlier books. I do not describe it as ahistory, for that belongs to another generation. But I claim with confidencethat it is a contribution to history which will be of service to the future." Sir Winston Churchill
 
From the origins of the conflict, the rise of Hitler and thefutile attempts at appeasement, through the darkest days of Britain's lonestand against the Axis powers, the great alliances with the USA and SovietRussia and the triumphs of D Day and the eventual liberation of Europe to theterrible birth of the Cold War under the shadow of nuclear weaponry, this isWinston Churchill's landmark history of World War II. At once a personalaccount and a majesterial history, TheSecond World War remains Churchill's literary masterpiece.

This third volume describes 1941, the momentous year that ended with the formation of the Grand Alliance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781472520876
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/12/2013
  • Pages: 1056
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951-1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. He was awarded the Novel Prize for Literature in 1953.

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Table of Contents


Extract from Preface to The Gathering Storm
Book I: Milestones to Disaster, 1919 - May 10, 1940
I. The Follies of the Victors, 1919-1929
II. Peace At Its Zenith, 1922-1931
III. Adolf Hitler
IV. The Locust Years, 1931-1933
V. The Darkening Scene, 1934
VI. Air Parity Lost, 1934-1935
VII. Challenge and Response, 1935
VIII. Sanctions Against Italy, 1935
IX. Hitler Strikes, 1936
X. The Loaded Pause, 1936-1938
XI. Mr Eden At the Foreign Office. His Resignation
XII. The Rape of Austria, February 1938
XIII. Czechoslovakia
XIV. The Tragedy of Munich
XV. Prague, Albania and the Polish Guarantee
XVI. On the Verge
XVII. Twilight War
XVIII. The Admiralty Task
XIX. The Front in France
XX. Scandinavia. Finland
XXI. Norway
XXII. The Fall of the Government
Book II: Alone, May 10, 1940 - June 22, 1941
I. The National Coalition
II. The Battle of France
III. The March to the Sea
IV. The Deliverance of Dunkirk
V. The Rush for the Spoils
VI. Back to France
VII. Home Defence and the Apparatus of Counter-Attack
VIII. The French Agony
IX. Admiral Darlan and the French Fleet
X. At Bay
XI. Operation "Sea Lion"
XII. The Battle of Britain
XIII. "London Can Take It"
XIV. Lend-Lease
XV. Desert Victory
XVI. The Widening War
XVII. The Battle of the Atlantic
XVIII. Yugoslavia and Greece
XIX. The Desert Flank. Rommel. Tobruk
XX. Crete
XXI. General Wavell's Final Effort
XXII. The Soviet Nemesis
Book III: The Grand Alliance, Sunday, December 7 1941 and Onwards
I. Our Soviet Ally
II. My Meeting with Roosevelt
III. Persia and the Desert
IV. Pearl Harbour!
V. A Voyage Amid World War
VI. Anglo-American Accords
VII. The Fall of Singapore
VIII. The U-Boat Paradise
IX. American Naval Victories. The Coral Sea and Midway Island
X. "Second Front Now!"
XI. My Second Visit to Washington. Tobruk
XII. The Vote of Censure
XIII. The Eighth Army at Bay
XIV. My Jourbaney to Cairo. Changes in Command
XV. Moscow: The First Meeting
XVI. Moscow: A Relationship Established
XVII. Strain and Suspense
XVIII. The Battle of Alamein
XIX. The Torch Is Lit
XX. The Casablanca Conference
XXI. Turkey, Stalingrad and Tunis
XXII. Italy the Goal
Book IV: Triumph and Tragedy: 1943-1945
I. The Capture of Sicily and the Fall of Mussolini
II. Synthetic Harbours
III. The Invasion of Italy
IV. Deadlock in the Mediterranean
V. Arctic Convoys
VI. Teheran: The Opening
VII. Teheran: Crux and Conclusions
VIII. Carthage and Marrakesh
IX. Marshal Tito: The Greek Torment
X. The Anzio Stroke
XI. "Overlord"
XII. Rome and D-Day
XIII. Normandy to Paris
XIV. Italy and the Riviera Landing
XV. The Russian Victories
XVI. Burma
XVII. The Battle of Leyte Gulf
XVIII. The Liberation of Western Europe
XIX. October in Moscow
XX. Paris and the Ardennes
XXI. Christmas at Athens
XXII. Malta and Yalta: Plans for World Peace
XXIII. Russia and Poland: The Soviet Promise
XXIV. Crossing the Rhine
XXV. The Iron Curtain
XXVI. The German Surrender
XXVII. The Chasm Opens
XXVIII. The Atomic Bomb
Epilogue: 1945-1957
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    Definitive WWII History

    This is an incredible work. Because of Churchill's absolutely unique position during the war and the period leading up to it, you get perspective that you can't get anywhere else. And because he believed in doing everything in writing rather than communicating verbally, he had all the written archives to put this all together. It's hard reading, and it takes forever (each of the six volumes is between 600-800 pages), but if you want to read the definitive work on WWII, this is it.

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    Posted February 3, 2001

    Among Great Works of Western History

    Churchill's first talent was written expression, all his other legendary qualities grew from it. There is no other display of the mistakes made, battles fought, trials endured, and lessons learned from the great conflict. Churchill has made a highly readable evaluation of the war and all of its meaning, making this text indespensible for anyone wishing to understand the world in which we now live.

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