Triumph and Tragedy

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From the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944 the Second World War had only fourteen months to run. This final volume of the account covers events right up to the unconditional surrender of Japan.

Churchill's six-volume history of World War II - the definitive work, remarkable both for its sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, universally acknowledged as a magnificent historical reconstruction and an enduring work of literature.

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Overview

From the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944 the Second World War had only fourteen months to run. This final volume of the account covers events right up to the unconditional surrender of Japan.

Churchill's six-volume history of World War II - the definitive work, remarkable both for its sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, universally acknowledged as a magnificent historical reconstruction and an enduring work of literature.

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"Churchill is artist enough to realize that these huge final chords must be simple. He gives us a magnificently muted close." The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Churchill is artist enough to realize that these huge final chords must be simple. He gives us a magnificently muted close.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395410608
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Series: The Second World War Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 760
  • Sales rank: 254,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.31 (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 Tide of Victory
Chapter I D Day 3
Chapter II Normandy to Paris 15
Chapter III The Pilotless Bombardment 34
Chapter IV Attack on the South of France? 50
Chapter V Balkan Convulsions. The Russian Victories 63
Chapter VI Italy and the Riviera Landing 75
Chapter VII Rome. The Greek Problem 92
Chapter VIII Alexander's Summer Offensive 104
Chapter IX The Martyrdom of Warsaw 113
Chapter X The Second Quebec Conference 129
Chapter XI Advance in Burma 143
Chapter XII The Battle of Leyte Gulf 153
Chapter XIII The Liberation of Western Europe 165
Chapter XIV Prelude to a Moscow Visit 180
Chapter XV October in Moscow 197
Chapter XVI Paris 213
Chapter XVII Counter-stroke in the Ardennes 229
Chapter XVIII British Intervention in Greece 247
Chapter XIX Christmas at Athens 267
Book II The Iron Curtain
Chapter XX Preparations for a New Conference 287
Chapter XXI Yalta: Plans for World Peace 302
Chapter XXII Russia and Poland: The Soviet Promise 319
Chapter XXIII Yalta: Finale 340
Chapter XXIV Crossing the Rhine 353
Chapter XXV The Polish Dispute 367
Chapter XXVI Soviet Suspicions 386
Chapter XXVII Western Strategic Divergences 399
Chapter XXVIII The Climax: Roosevelt's Death 412
Chapter XXIX Growing Friction with Russia 424
Chapter XXX The Final Advance 440
Chapter XXXI Alexander's Victory in Italy 454
Chapter XXXII The German Surrender 463
Chapter XXXIII An Uneasy Interlude 480
Chapter XXXIV The Chasm Opens 495
Chapter XXXV The End of the Coalition 508
Chapter XXXVI A Fateful Decision 520
Chapter XXXVII The Defeat of Japan 532
Chapter XXXVIII Potsdam: The Atomic Bomb 545
Chapter XXXIX Potsdam: The Polish Frontiers 560
Chapter XL The End of My Account 578
Appendices
A. List of Abbreviations 587
B. List of Code-Names 588
C. Prime Minister's Directives, Personal Minutes, and Telegrams, June 1944-July 1945 589
D. The Attack on the South of France 656
E. Monthly Totals of Shipping Losses, British, Allied, and Neutral, June 1944-August 1945 665
F. Prime Minister's Victory Broadcast, May 13, 1945 666
G. The Battle of the Atlantic: Merchant Ships Sunk by U-boat: The Last Phase 674
H. Ministerial Appointments, June 1944-May 1945 675
Index 679
Maps and Diagrams
North-West Europe 22
Normandy 29
Operations on the Russian Front, June 1944-January 1945 73
Northern Italy 77
"Anvil" 89
Burma, July 1944-January 1945 151
Battle for Leyte Gulf, Philippines: Approach and Contact, October 22-24, 1944 158
Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Decisive Phase, October 25, 1944 160
Battle for Leyte Gulf: The Pursuit, October 26-27, 1944 162
The South-West Pacific 163
The Pursuit 169
South Holland 173
The Gothic Line 193
The Frontier Regions 232
Rundstedt's Counter-Offensive 246
Greece 281
Crossing the Rhine 355
The Northern Crossing 358
Occupation Zones in Germany, as Agreed at Quebec, September 1944 438
The Invasion of Germany 454
The Battle of the River Po 457
Merchant Vessel Losses by U-boat, January 1940-April 1945 473
The Withdrawal of the Western Allies, July 1945 526
Central Burma 537
The Last Phase in the Pacific War 542
Occupation Zones in Germany and Austria, as Finally Adopted, July 1945 566
The Frontiers of Central Europe 678
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