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The eight uneasy, dangerous months from May to December 1940, as Britain stands isolated and Germany follows its war path.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395410561
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Series: Second World War Series, #2
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 365,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) has been called by historians "the man of the twentieth century." Prime Minister of Great Britain (1940-1945), Churchill won the Nobel prize for literature in 1953.

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Table of Contents

Book I The Fall of France
Chapter I The National Coalition 3
Chapter II The Battle of France: The First Week. Gamelin 25
Chapter III The Battle of France: The Second Week. Weygand 47
Chapter IV The March to the Sea 66
Chapter V The Deliverance of Dunkirk 87
Chapter VI The Rush for the Spoils 105
Chapter VII Back to France 122
Chapter VIII Home Defence. June 143
Chapter IX The French Agony 157
Chapter X The Bordeaux Armistice 175
Chapter XI Admiral Darlan and the French Fleet. Oran 197
Chapter XII The Apparatus of Counter-attack. 1940 213
Chapter XIII At Bay 225
Chapter XIV The Invasion Problem 247
Chapter XV Operation "Sea Lion" 266
Book II Alone
Chapter XVI The Battle of Britain 281
Chapter XVII The Blitz 301
Chapter XVIII "London Can Take It" 316
Chapter XIX The Wizard War 337
Chapter XX United States Destroyers and West Indian Bases 353
Chapter XXI Egypt and the Middle East 369
Chapter XXII The Mediterranean Passage 388
Chapter XXIII September Tensions 403
Chapter XXIV Dakar 419
Chapter XXV Mr. Eden's Mission 438
Chapter XXVI Relations with Vichy and Spain 449
Chapter XXVII Mussolini Attacks Greece 470
Chapter XXVIII Lend-Lease 488
Chapter XXIX Germany and Russia 509
Chapter XXX Ocean Peril 525
Chapter XXXI Desert Victory 538
A. Minutes and Telegrams, May-December 1940 559
B. Loss by Encmy Action of British, Allied, and Neutral Merchant Tonnage 637
C. Aircraft Strength--Battle of Britain, 1940 640
D. Correspondence relating to Dakar between Mr. Churchill and Mr. Menzies 645
E. List of Operational Code Names 650
F. List of Abbreviations 651
Index 653
Maps and Diagrams
The Forward Movements, starting May 10 29
The Opposing Forces, May 13 37
German Advances on Successive Days, May 13-17, 1940 41
Situation, Evening May 18 50
Situation, Evening May 22 59
Battle of Arras, May 21-22 63
Situation at Nightfall, May 25 75
Area of Operations, May 1940 78
Situation, May 28 85
Diagrams of Dunkirk Perimeter, May 29-June I 93
The Opposing Forces on the Western Flank, June 5, 1940 132
The German Advance, June 5-9 133
The Last Stand of the French Army, June 1940 170
General Map of Western France 174
State of Readiness of Infantry Divisions 239
Sketch Map of German Invasion Plan 273
Graph of Battle of Britain 298
Disposition of Main Fleets in Mediterranean, June 14, 1940 389
General Map of N.W. France and Belgium 462
Desert Victory, December 1940-January 1941 545
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